Monday, 17 August 2020 Joshua 24:1-27
“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods…” -Joshua 24:14
The Lord had accomplished through Joshua the plan of getting His people settled in the Promised Land. As Joshua is nearing his final days, he calls together all the elders of the different tribes and exhorts them before renewing a covenant with the Lord. Here is a call to reverent fear and service of the Living GOD. After Joshua outlines how GOD had wonderfully led them through the generations, delivered them from the hand of their enemies and brought them forth to Canaan, he urges them to follow the LORD faithfully. Then Joshua sets the example by pledging his allegiance to follow and serve GOD- “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Josh.24:15).
As Joshua speaks to the people, He reminds them of:
God’s Choosing- God chose their forefather Abraham and blessed him and his descendants with the land they were possessing now. They were privileged to be thus chosen!
We—God’s children too are a chosen people…"Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." (1 Peter 2:10)
God’s deliverance- God delivered His people from the bondage in Egypt and brought them through the Red Sea miraculously, saving them from their enemies.