Then afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the book of the law. There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel with the women and the little ones and the strangers who were living among them.
It is both encouraging and impressive that the leader whom God has raised up to lead His people after Moses’ passing truly understands what is important. Israel has just defeated their second foe in the promised land and Joshua, immediately after the victory, focuses the people back to what truly matters – the full Word of God. There is no record of a post-battle party. No streamers. No dance. No parade. He simply offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving to Yahweh who brought about the victory and then reads the Bible to all of the people – old adults, young adults, generations X, Y, Z (or whatever labels they carried then), teens, and even the children. No one was exempted form this word. It is also significant to me that it is recorded that he read every word. He didn’t cherry pick his favorite passages or apologize for such a long reading. He didn’t skip the hard parts or explain away the challenging aspects of God’s word. He simply read every single word of it to the people and then left it to God to work out the implications and application.
The written revelation of God has stood the test of time. It will not return void. Every word of it proves true. Trust yourself to the full word of God and then be prepared to be changed.
Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Thanks be to God.