Message of the Day: A Public Commitment of A Sincere and Truthful Service of God
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15, NKJV)
Once more Joshua assembles the tribes at Shechem where he reviews their history; exhorts them to decide whom to serve, the gods of the Amorites or the Lord and call Israels them to a renewal of the covenant. It was his final official act as he Lord’s servant, mediator of the Lord’s rule over His people. In this he followed the example of Moses, whose final official act was also a call to covenant renewal – of which Deuteronomy is the preserved document.
The covenant had originated with God, who brought Abraham from Mesopotamia into Canaan and promised to make from him a nation that would one day possess Canaan as its homeland. Centuries later God fulfilled that promise when he brought Israel out f Egypt, through the wilderness and finally into Canaan. Sadly, the Israelites had demonstrated a tendency towards idolatry, whether the idolatry of Abraham’s ancestors, of the Egyptians, or of the Canaanites. Therefore, they had to make a firm decision whether they were going to serve one of these gods or serve the true God, Yahweh.
Joshua publicly makes his commitment, hoping to elicit the same from Israel. As for himself and his family, he shows them that their choice was already fixed, for they had taken the Lord for their portion. Joshua’s point really is a sincere and truthful service of God which can only result from a free and willing loyalty or allegiance of the heart.
May we do the same!
Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.
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