God forewarned Joshua that any remaining nations would affect the Israelites. Their influence would divert the Israelites’ love and worship of God to the other nation’s gods.
The same is true today as professing Christians fall in love with what the people of our world worship. Few will go to the extreme to deny Christ as they know that would clearly be sin. However, they don’t think about the tears of remorse they will shed when standing before Christ empty-handed. Each will give account for all the wasted hours that were devoted to completely worthless, but exciting, entertainment idols.
“That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day” (Joshua 23:7-8).
“That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you;” – We must live in the world, but what we embrace is a choice.
“neither make mention of the name of their gods,” – Seems like the number of idols today are endless. It all becomes the topic of our speech and the love of our hearts.
“nor cause to swear by them,” – They become a person’s identity.
“neither serve them,” – With your precious time
“nor bow yourselves unto them:” – They are devoted to them.
“But cleave unto the LORD your God,” – Be joined with God, and pursue Him hard with all your might.