God’s Word of Promise
Joshua 24:19-33: Joshua exhorts the people to renew their covenant with the LORD. The chapter concludes with the deaths of Joshua and Eleazar, the son of Aaron.
19Joshua said to the people, “But you may not be able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God and will not forgive your sins. He will tolerate no rivals, 20and if you leave him to serve foreign gods, he will turn against you and punish you. He will destroy you, even though he was good to you before.”
21The people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.”
22Joshua told them, “You are your own witnesses to the fact that you have chosen to serve the Lord.”
“Yes,” they said, “we are witnesses.”
23“Then get rid of those foreign gods that you have,” he demanded, “and pledge your loyalty to the Lord, the God of Israel.”
24The people then said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God. We will obey his commands.”
25So Joshua made a covenant for the people that day, and there at Shechem he gave them laws and rules to follow. 26Joshua wrote these commands in the book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up under the oak tree in the Lord‘s sanctuary. 27He said to all the people, “This stone will be our witness. It has heard all the words that the Lord has spoken to us. So it will be a witness against you, to keep you from rebelling against your God.” 28Then Joshua sent the people away, and everyone returned to their own part of the land.
Joshua and Eleazar Die
29After that, the Lord‘s servant Joshua son of Nun died at the age of a hundred and ten. 30 They buried him on his own land at Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim north of Mount Gaash.
31As long as Joshua lived, the people of Israel served the Lord, and after his death they continued to do so as long as those leaders were alive who had seen for themselves everything that the Lord had done for Israel.
32 The body of Joseph, which the people of Israel had brought from Egypt, was buried at Shechem, in the piece of land that Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of silver. This land was inherited by Joseph’s descendants.
33Eleazar son of Aaron died and was buried at Gibeah, the town in the hill country of Ephraim which had been given to his son Phinehas.
Today’s Key Verse: Joshua 24:24
[The people said:] “We will serve the LORD our God. We will obey his commands.”
What was the covenant that Joshua made for the people (verse 25)? What was the purpose of the stone (verses 26, 27)? What serves as a “witness” to covenants made within your community of faith?
Holy God, I pledge my loyalty to you. I trust in your promises and will serve you and obey your commands. Amen.
Judges 13:1-25: Samson is born.