Then Joshua warned the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is Elohim Kedoshim. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. If you abandon the Lord and serve other gods, he will turn against you and destroy you, even though he has been so good to you.”
But the people answered Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!”Joshua 24:19-21
Elohim Kedoshim: Holy God (sometimes Holy and Jealous God)
Can we talk for a minute about something we don’t usually talk about?
It is hard to serve the Lord. It is hard to be in constant relationship with someone who is perfect when we are so far from it. It is even hard to be loved by Him.
So why do we do it? We don’t have to. Joshua offered the Israelites the chance to choose another path, and Jesus offered it to his disciples:
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.John 6:67-68
Why do we do it? The Israelites would not leave the God who saved them again and again by miraculous means. The disciples would not leave the One who had the words of eternal life. And we will not leave because there is no other god like Elohim Kedoshim. There is no god like the Holy God.
To whom else would we go?