34 Joshua then read to them all the blessings and curses Moses had written in the Book of Instruction.35 Every word of every command that Moses had ever given was read to the entire assembly of Israel, including the women and children and the foreigners who lived among them. — Joshua 8:34, 35 NLT
After God had given Jericho and Ai into Joshua’s hands, Joshua built an altar of uncut stones on Mount Ebal. There, they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar just as Moses had commanded them to do. Then Joshua read every word of every command that Moses had ever given to them. This was done in the presence of the entire assembly of Israel including all of the foreigners. Moses had written five books that contained approximately 124,910 words (depending on the version you use). At an average of 200 words per minute, this was almost an eleven hour reading. The building of the altar, the offering of the sacrifices and the reading of the scrolls was quite a lengthy service. This kind of devotion to God is what prepared the people for the southern military campaign. Perhaps, it is time for our country to take a break and worship God in this manner.
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. — James 5:16 NIV