From: Heaven on Earth
With the death of Moses, the responsibility of leading God’s people into Canaan and establishing Israel as a nation falls to young Joshua. The task is never an easy one. Throughout his tenure as leader, Joshua struggles to keep the nation faithful to God. Despite some good years, Israel is always dangerously close to forsaking its call and becoming like the surrounding nations.
In his farewell speech, Joshua exhorts the people to keep the law and warns them not to follow the ways of the heathen nations and not to intermarry with their children, lest they fall into a snare. If that happens, Joshua says, “The Lord, your God, will not continue to drive out these nations before you; but they shall be a snare and a trap for you until you perish from this good land that the Lord, your God, has given you,” (Joshua 23:13).
Unfortunately, with the passing of Joshua, the nation slides back into a pattern of unbelief and idolatry. Instead of being a positive influence on its neighbors, Israel succumbs to their sins.