Sunday, August 27

Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18; John 6:56-69

Woody Allen once remarked that humanity is at a crossroads: “One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”

These scriptural passages are about real choices. The scene from Joshua 24 is a covenant renewal ceremony at Shechem. In the Bible the word “covenant” is shorthand for “what God has done.” It all starts when God says, “I will be your God; you will be my people.” Israel doesn’t apply for the job; it’s God who takes the initiative. God chooses. But then the chosen are challenged: “Choose this day whom you will serve.”


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