Joshua assembled everyone together at Shechem and the covenant was renewed. As you read Joshua 24, you will notice the word “I” is used a lot during the discussion. I took. I gave. I sent. I brought. I destroyed. I made. I rescued. All of this action, all from God. The people needed this reminder. The people needed it put before them.
We need this reminder too. If you read Joshua 24:2-15, you will see that it says “I gave” a total of eight times. Consider this today. Consider what God has given you today, this week, this month, this year. Better yet, look at this list. Remind yourself of something for each one. Today let us remember what the Lord has done for us. Let us thank and praise the great I AM.
Simeon and Levi were upset with what happened to their sister Dinah at the hands of Shechem. She was violated and hurt. They were angry and devised a plan to get revenge. In Genesis 34, we read about their actions. They allowed for Dinah to return with Shechem but had a plan to enact vengeance on the people. They ended up retrieving their sister along with slaughtering the people and plundering the area.
Most of us today would not consider giving a victim to the guilty party but many of us do want justice. It is okay to want justice. God even tells us to seek justice (see Micah 6). But Simeon and Levi went at it the wrong way. Just because a wrong was committed, does not mean another wrong committed is an act of justice. Simeon and Levi not only lied, but they stole and they murdered.
Seek justice but understand that God’s commands cannot be twisted or ignored for the justice. Trust in His justice. He is a just God. There’s no reason to join with those who have committed wrong doings to get some false sense of justice. God will handle it.
“The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” – Psalm 33:5 [NIV]