As the nations of Israel and Judah became increasingly more wicked, God punished them by having foreign enemies conquer them and remove them from their country. The Northern Kingdom (Israel) was dispersed and never recovered. These people were forever lost. The Southern Kingdom (Judah) endured extreme hardship during this time of exile.
In our journey to Bethlehem, we have come to a place where the Hebrew people have been formed and freed. They are simply waiting for a land of their own. In the book of Joshua, God gives them this land. Joshua has some very important words for them before they settle in their new country. It has to do with who they will follow.
I like to know the why behind the what. I am no expert on fixing appliances, but a dryer repair man saved me a lot of money a few years ago when he taught me how to change a dryer belt on my own. Between that knowledge and YouTube, I have repaired several different washing machines and dryers over the years. And I've realize that those appliances really aren't that complicated.
To understand the importance of the birth of Christ, you have to understand the need for His coming. Genesis 3 explains how sin entered into the world and the devastation it brought. But first, let us look at a key command that God gave Adam and Eve in Genesis 2.