JOSHUA 24

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Joshua 24:14-15

MAKE UP YOUR MIND

 

Joshua 24:14-15 - Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. [15] And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 

At the end of his life, Joshua was challenging the children of Israel to be faithful to their God.

They needed to make up their minds (decide) whom they would serve.

 

PREFERRED CHOICE – Vs. 14

Of course, the preferred and best choice was to “fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and truth”.  All other Gods were to be put away!

 

POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES – Vs. 15a

There were other gods that could be worshipped including the gods of Egypt and the gods of the Amorites.  The God of Israel was superior to these gods that really weren’t gods.  It is still not wise or logical to choose alternatives to the true and living god, but people do it all the time.

 

PERSONAL DECISION – Vs. 15b

As far as Joshua and those he led in his family, this was a “no-brainer”.  He and his family would serve the Lord!

 

 

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Joshua 24

CHALLENGE TO GODLINESS

 

He had served as Moses' servant.

He had been Moses' general for the armies of Israel.

He and Caleb had been the only spies that came back from the promised land, wanting to go in.

He had taken over leadership of Israel after Moses' death.

He led Israel into the promised land.

Now he was at the end of his life. He would pass on the torch to men known as judges, who would rule the land.

It was time for him to give his farewell speech to the nation.

What would this man of God, General Joshua, say to the people? He knew their bent towards sin. He knew that they were prone to wander away from God. Under the guidance and power of the

Holy Spirit, he challenged them to Godliness.

You and I, who live many years after Joshua, need to be challenged to Godliness as well.

 

REVIEW OF THE PAST - Vss. 1-13

It is always good to remember past blessing.

Joshua reminds Israel of God's blessing on them in the past.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRESENT - Vss. 14-15

God's blessings require our current cooperation. Because He has been so good to us, we should chose to serve Him now.

 

RECOGNITION OF A PROBLEM - Vss. 16-20

When Joshua gave his challenge to the people to chose whom they would serve, they evidently answered quickly. In Vs. 19 he reminds them of their bent towards sin. He basically tells the Israelites that they can't do what they were promising to do. And it's true for us as well. In our own strength we can not live Godly lives. We need God's strength.

 

RESOLVE TO PERFORM - Vss. 21-24

The people are persistent.

They claim that they will serve the Lord.

Joshua points out that they are witnesses against themselves.

Later on their own words could be witnesses against them if they did not do as they said they would. The people agreed with Joshua and resolved to serve the Lord.

 

REMINDER OF THE COMMITMENT - Vss. 26-28

A stone was put up as a reminder.

People would see the stone and remember their commitment.

Reminders of our commitments are good as well.

 

 

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Joshua 24:1-14

GOD AT WORK

 

At the end of his life Joshua is reviewing what God has done for Israel.  We see God at work.

 

THE GRACE OF GOD - Vss. 2-4

God, in His grace,

1.  Called Abraham out of idolatry to serve Him.

2.  Allowed Abraham to walk the Promised Land

3.  Gave Abraham “seed”, Isaac, Jacob, and Esau.

 

THE GREATNESS OF GOD - Vss. 5-12

 

God, in His greatness:

1.     Sent Moses and Aaron – Vs. 5

2.     Plagued Egypt – Vs. 5

3.     Brought Israel from Egypt – Vs. 5

4.     Delivered Israel at the Red Sea – Vss. 6-7

5.     Gave Military Victories – Vss. 8-12

 

THE GENEROSITY OF GOD - Vs. 13

God gave Israel the land, its cities, and vineyards and oliveyards which they did not work for.

 

THE GIFT TO GOD – Vs. 14

In appreciation for what God had done, Israel was to:

1.     Fear the Lord

2.     Serve Him in sincerity and truth

3.     Put away false Gods

 

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