Anything you prefer to living for God or anything you are unwilling to give up for God is another god, an idol. Finally, Joshua 24 is something akin to the book of Deuteronomy in a nutshell. Another false god is pleasure. âAs for me and my household, we will serve the LORDâ appears in all sorts of formats from quilts and doilies to plaques in kitchens and all other sorts of Christian kitsch. 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. More and more they find themselves alone in their beliefs and convictions. Joshua shows them the holiness of God, and the danger of apostasy, Jos 24:19, Jos 24:20. These stories, if unchecked, could be read back into Joshua 24, suggesting that Israel there is somehow delusional. Joshua 24:15 Parallel Verses [â See commentary â] Joshua 24:15, NIV: "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.But as for me and my â¦ Joshua 24:15. And the people choose: âWe will serve Yahwehâ (24:18). To prove that the church must go into spiritual decline before the Rapture, we could bring to our defense many passages in the New Testament. But, as Paul observes, they would know nothing of real Christianity. Paul in fact says that such men would "advance to the worst, deceiving and being deceived." The verse makes good sense standing all by its lonesome, but it is gains even more gravity when seen in its larger context. God whose almighty word ELW 673 If you but trust in God to guide you ELW 769 Forgive our sins as we forgive ELW 605, Pater Noster, Igor Stravinsky Our Father, Harry T. Burleigh, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. No, you are expected to study the Bible yourself and reach your own conclusions. Notice what he says a few verses later (2 Tim. Clarke (1760-1832) was Methodist, Wesleyan, Arminian, (e.g., Clarke "suggested that although God can know all future events, He chooses not to know some events beforehand" Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, page 808).He did not always interpret Scripture literally â¦ It is not as if the verse makes no sense whatsoever without extended contextual reference. To the people God has chosen, Joshua says, âChooseâ (24:15). John Calvinâs commentary on Joshua 24:15 is: By giving them the option to serve God or not, just as they choose, he loosens the reins, and gives them license to rush audaciously into sin. On the threshold of Canaan, God enabled Israel to destroy two Amorite kings on the east side of Jordan: Sihon and Og (Num. In his farewell speech, he began by giving them a message from the Lord. When they came to Jericho, they found its defenders powerless to resist, and as they advanced through enemy territory, they saw all the other Canaanite peoples crumble before them. 3. So, somewhat similarly, Tremper Longman has written that, “in its present canonical context, the people’s reaffirmation is essentially a self-condemnation.”1 This may be true, in canonical context, and those subsequent stories are certainly important at that level. The reading makes it seem like an easy choice. That is all verses 1-15. “Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God” (verse 18b) is a verse that deserves to be as well-known as Joshua 24:15, perhaps even more so as it places the obedience firmly within the realm of communal ethics, not just individual personal piety. Not yet, at any rate. v1 Early in the morning, Joshua and all the *Israelites left the city of Shittim. Deuteronomy, too, is occasioned by a particularly important leader, Moses, who is about to die, and who is at pains to insure that the people stay faithful to God’s covenant. But he always had good success not because of his own abilities, but because he carefully did all that the Lord commanded him to do, and because he always, with a few lapses, leaned on the Lord’s help. God will take a dim view of your conclusions if you have merely exalted your own ignorance. The only trend he foresaw was downward. And they would treat their enemies ruthlessly, for they would be "fierce" and "false accusers." He must attach himself to a band of genuine believers, however small it may be. 3:11). â¦ After God parted the Red Sea so that Israel could go across on dry ground, He brought the waters together again over the heads of Pharaoh’s pursuing host, and they drowned. For a brief description and for information on how to obtain it, click here. Joshua adjures the gathered tribes of Israel to fear and serve Yahweh and turn aside from other gods (24:14). Joshua 24:15 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 â¦ Not long afterward, Joshua died at the advanced age of 110. Despite this load of wickedness weighing on their souls, they would pretend to be Christians ("having a form of godliness"). Therefore, Joshua rejected their promise to serve God. First, in the case of Joshua 24:15, no less than any other famous passage of Scripture, the popularity of the verse can be counterproductive to its full significance. But the popular interpretation today is that the intended compass of the phrase "last days" takes in the whole Church Age, from Pentecost to the return of Christ. Israel then set out to conquer Canaan, an undertaking humanly impossible, but God did not allow them to fail. 6:24). The majority view seventy years ago was that Paul is referring especially to our own time. They would be doglike also in not being fussy about what they eat. The final outcome was that Israel gained possession of a land with many good things already in place—cities, vineyards, olive groves—so that they did not need to wait for a comfortable life. The popularity of the line testifies to its power; one can reasonably worry, however, that the power of Joshua 24:15 is significantly weakened by its overuse, especially on items that are somewhat less than powerful — doilies for example! 22–24), and in retribution Israel soon exterminated all the Moabite men (Num. The Father seeks only such to worship him, as worship him in spirit and in truth. 31:1–20). We can carry the analogy a bit further. But they shouldn’t be imported overmuch into Joshua 24. Joshua had a family. © 2007, 2012, 2020 Stanley Edgar Rickard (Ed Rickard, the author). A. The larger context is that the verse is found in the mouth of Joshua, at the end of his life, in his final oration that summons the people to obedience before he dies. He must turn away. 3:1). Commentary on Joshua by John Calvin. The section that is not included in the lectionary reading, verses 16-28, is crucial as it comprises the response to Joshua’s impassioned speech in verses 1-15. For the solemn burial of the bones of Joseph, and the rest of the patriarchs, for which this place was designed. We infer that Paul views the end of church history as the "last days" of special peril. Wesley's Joshua 24:15 Bible Commentary Joshua had been a good leader, but his time was near. Man was created in the image of God. In the next chapter of 2 Timothy, Paul gives an expanded picture of the time when the very worst deceivers would arise (2 Tim. He was a faithful leader until the end. But God chose to bless Abraham and his descendants. Joshua 24:15 New International Version (NIV) 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. Joshua 24:15 makes perfectly good sense as it stands and that is why it is able to be lifted out of context in the first place and … quilted. Joshua rehearsed his final â¦ Joshua is an example that Moses’ rhetoric in Deuteronomy is effective: it “took” in the case of Joshua himself and that is on particular display in Joshua 24, where he employs many of the same rhetorical devices that Moses uses in the book of Deuteronomy. For LOVE is the only genuine principle whence all acceptable service of God can spring. He didnât set up a successor behind him. In this graphic description of the poisonous teaching that would plague the church of the Last Days, Paul places the blame where it belongs. Their fathers before the time of Abraham lived east of the Euphrates River and worshiped idols. ADAM CLARKE Commentary on Joshua. He had realized that he was about to die. Sermon Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Choosing God When Times Are Good! Instead of aspiring to holiness through divine grace, they would prefer to remain in their filthiness. where Israel is not faithful to the covenant. They would chew with pleasure on any teaching that gratifies carnal appetites. God had chosen Joshua to lead the Israelites. 3:2-5). God’s unmerited favor is known as grace. Joshua also placed their words in a book, doubtless in the very book now known as the Book of Joshua. (2.) That is, you must seek out good lessons and sermons and receive them with a heart prepared to learn. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to themâto the Israelites. The decontextualized nature of the verse is not a problem in terms of basic understanding. His fears in years past that he could never measure up to Moses proved to be unfounded. Joshua led the children of Israel across the Jordan and into the promised land.. to take up their promised inheritance.. And as his death drew ever closer he gave a farewell speech to the nation, which had been chosen by God to be a holy nation unto the Lord and a peculiar people unto Himself. Deuteronomy 33 is Moses' farewell speech, and Deuteronomy 34 tells of Moses' death and burial. 3. All the assembled leaders answered with a firmness equal to Joshua’s. Israel served the LORD all of Joshuaâs days and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua who knew the LORD. For the solemn â¦ Scripture is full of gloomy foreshadowings of widespread apostasy among professing believers in the days before Christ's return. He told them they had a choice. Suppose your friends pressure you to do wrong. Ordinary people would be egotistical ("lovers of their own selves," "boasters," "proud," "heady," "highminded"), irreverent ("blasphemers"), materialistic ("covetous" is, literally, "lovers of money"), and hedonistic ("unholy," "incontinent," "lovers of pleasures"). Joshua 24 is a famous text, mostly for verse 15, which is the climactic verse in the lectionary selection. Verses 16-28, then, comprise the true climax of Joshua 24, not the self-testimony of verse 15b, as popular and familiar as it is. 1. But where should he go? If he lengthen out our days beyond what we expected, like those of Joshua, it is because he has some further service for us to do. The people solemnly promise to serve the Lord alone, and mention his merciful dealings towards them, Jos 24:16-18. Paul evidently believed that conditions during church history would slide ever deeper into corruption, as more and more people came under the influence of unscrupulous deceivers. 13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted â¦ There are many other false gods. The chapter continues on, and the text that needs interpreting and proclaiming actually runs through verse 28 (verses 29-33 conclude the book and are not part of verses 1-28, which has its own integrity as a unit). Bondage to a lie, or freedomâs integrity. Exhorts them to abolish idolatry, and informs them of his and his family's resolution to serve Jehovah, Joshua 24:14, Joshua 24:15. We find no reference here to murder, rape, or any other high felony, because Paul is speaking about people in general. 1 Tremper Longman III, “Joshua 25:1-3a, 14-25,” p. 155, in The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Texts: The First Readings: The Old Testament and Acts (ed. This is the kind of love that is ready to sign on, for life, for better and for worse, with Holy God and with Jealous God (verse 19a), with punishing God (verses 19b-20) and altogether benevolent God (verses 3-13, 17-18a). Barnes's Joshua 24:15 Bible Commentary Choose - Service of God in sincerity and truth can only result from a free and willing allegiance of the heart. He must do his part to weed out corruption and compromise as soon as they appear. The people solemnly promise to serve the Lord alone, and mention his merciful dealings towards them, Joshua 24:16-18. Amen. He said that money and wealth are a false god, which He named Mammon. But we do have idols that we raise to the level of little gods. After all, we have no interest in worshiping an idol. Years later, He sent Moses to deliver them from slavery under the heel of Pharaoh. This leads directly to the second point — namely, that more needs to be read and preached on than just verse 15, but also more than just verses 1-15. They are now ready to live on God’s land in the way God wants. Choose us, and equip us to live with faith and peace. Commentary, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, Scott Shauf, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2015. We might feel that we are somehow superior to these ancient Israelites. Paul gives no hint that better leaders would follow the worst. In order to this he called another general assembly of the heads of the congregation of Israel (v. Israel in Joshua 24 is neither deluded nor self-incriminating, but rather in love. It is a God-given capacity. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised â¦ He called for all the elders, chiefs, judges, and officers to assemble at Shechem, a town in the center of the land and close to Joshuaâs home. 4:3-4). God described the defeat of these heathen tribes as a hornet driving them out. Such men, called "evil men and seducers [literally, 'impostors']," would "wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Joshua “calls the question,” as it were, at the conclusion to his summary of God’s history with and good work for Israel. There, He blessed Abraham by giving him a son Isaac, and to Isaac He gave the sons Jacob and Esau. (1) Joshua speaks to the nation again, through its leaders. The true sense of the word translated "denying" is closer to "rejecting." Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. They would be guilty of "denying the power thereof." The admonition to the sincere believer in the Last Days is, "From such turn away." He said that he and his house would serve the Lord. Commentary on Joshua 24:15-28 (Read Joshua 24:15-28) It is essential that the service of God's people be performed with a willing mind. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Joshua 24:15 â Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE CHOICE" I. We live in a day when Christians find themselves increasingly isolated from the world around them. Yet, in referring to the Last Days, he uses a verb in the future tense. For LOVE is the only genuine principle whence all acceptable service of God can spring. The issue is not, therefore, a problem of basic sense, but of fuller sense or fullest significance. When he knew that death was drawing near, he summoned the leaders of Israel to hear his last words. Many years went by, and Joshua became an old man. He foresaw a day when the very worst self-deceivers and deceivers of others would control multitudes in the church. The lection ends with the climactic verse 15, but the problem is that verse 15 isn’t the climax of the unit. They did nothing to deserve the favor He showed them. He obviously thought that the Last Days had not yet arrived, but would arrive in the future. 1. But Joshua knew their hearts. God or Satan, the spirit or the flesh, light or darkness, life or death, faith or fear, the truth or the lie... for its answer has both temporal considerations and eternal consequences. But, as Joshua said, God is a jealous God. Whenever we place anything above God or His will, we are committing idolatry. They must be willing to stand alone, against the whole world if necessary, and they must teach their children a willingness to stand alone as well, for when we appear before God on Judgment Day, He will not allow any excuse based on the influence of other people. To make religion their deliberate choice; and they did so, with reasons for their choice, Joshua 24:15-18. But Joshua 24, and especially verses 16-28, also add something that Deuteronomy lacks: the careful and considered, full and glad, obedient and grateful response of Israel to Mosaic-become-“Joshuanic” rhetoric. "Today's passage contains one of the most familiar lines from the Old Testament, Joshua's charge to 'choose this day whom you will serve,' combined with his own response, 'but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord' (Joshua 24:15â¦ The most important life-choice anyone will ever make is their response to this fundamental question, "choose today, Who you are going to serve." 2. Shechem â To the city of Shechem, a place convenient for the purpose, not only because it was a Levitical city, and a city of refuge, and a place near Joshua's city, but especially for the two main ends for which he summoned them thither. It was completely unmerited. If it is a question of truth, no one will be able to say, "I just accepted what my pastor or priest taught me." Joshua was willing to stand for God even if no one else agreed with him. Joshua 24 is a famous text, mostly for verse 15, which is the climactic verse in the lectionary selection. What an impressive list of good things God had done for Israel! They would enjoy few loving relationships, for they would be "disobedient to parents" and "without natural affection." As For Me And My House We Will Serve The Lord Contributed by Dr. Jwt Spies on Mar 7, 2020 based on 5 ratings | 7,205 views. To conclude this point: it is tempting to run ahead in the flow of the canon of Scripture and think of the many stories (even and especially right next door in Judges!) Joshua notes they themselves have sworn testimony to this covenant (verse 22a) and adjures them to obey (verse 23) — Israel concurs on both counts (verses 22b, 24, respectively). Although Jacob and his family went down into Egypt, God did not forsake them. Joshua shows them the holiness of God, and the danger of apostasy, Joshua 24:19, Joshua â¦ For as long as he lived, the whole nation served God. What Paul supposedly means is that the Church Age, which had recently begun, would bring times of great peril for believers. Israel’s answer is firm: “No, we will serve the LORD!” (verse 21). He placed it under an oak tree by the tabernacle of the Lord, so that the people would see it whenever they came to worship Him and would remember their promise. But in peace, many felt that they did not need God anymore. Joshua 24:15. Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) Scofield: Definitions: Interlinear: Library: Topical Studies: X-References: Verse Comparison: Joshua 24:15. Thus, the worst must emerge at the very end of church history. 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: 2 "Moses my servant is dead. A. Joshua remembers Godâs great works on Israelâs behalf. Joshua 24 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. Glory to Yah â¦ By way of covenant upon that treaty, Joshua 24:25-28. Sermon Notes for Joshua 24:15 Next Section ... Bible Commentaries Text Commentaries Audio & Video Commentaries Bible Reference Harmony of the Gospels Encyclopedias / Dictionaries Introductions to the Bible Topical Indexes Charts and Outlines Timelines Maps / Images Hebrew / Greek Grammars. One that attracts many admirers is popularity. II. He knew that it had been easier for Israel to follow God in a time of war than it would be in a time of peace. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 24:15-28 It is essential that the service of God's people be performed with a willing mind. "Perilous times shall come." Three things are important to note about the lectionary reading: 1. Instead of bringing forth all the arguments against this recent distortion of Paul's meaning, we will simply point out that Paul himself lived in the Church Age. Preachers will probably have to contend, then, with superficial sentimentality about Joshua 24:15 — perhaps even head on — if a congregation is to wrestle with the deepest levels of this verse, and the reading as a whole. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 24:1-14 We must never think our work for God done, till our life is done. The Father seeks only such to worship him, as worship him in spirit and in truth. And like dogs, they would turn their ears to hear whatever is pleasant. So, it was in demonstration of grace alone that God called Abraham out of a pagan family in a pagan country and led him to the land of Canaan. In war, they knew that they could not overcome a strong foe without His help. Joshua 24:15 Context. I â¦ Continue reading "Commentary on Joshua â¦ If you have found this lesson helpful, you might want to obtain Ed Rickard's commentary on the whole Book of Joshua. That is, they would reject the power of God to change their lives. God is a self-determinate being. The great care and pains he took to confirm the people of Israel in the true faith and worship of God, that they might, after his death, persevere therein. Therefore, you need to be teachable. Churchgoers would "heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." Being "despisers of those that are good," they would persecute the righteous. Having placed himself in a good church, he must work diligently to keep it a good church. Then the nation went from victory to victory. 1. Some had grown indifferent to God. Without hesitation and without argument among themselves, they declared their gratefulness for all God had done, and they promised to serve Him faithfully. Suitably and dutifully covenanted and (re)committed, Joshua sends the people away, each to their own inheritance. Yet they dare not compromise, even if many Christians who are personal acquaintances or prominent leaders turn away from what is true and right. If you give in, you are placing peer approval above God and committing idolatry. The Lord reminded them where the nation of Israel came from. So far, so good. ... Bible Commentaries Text Commentaries Audio & Video Commentaries His strong affirmation of loyalty to God is a model for us all. If they denied Him full devotion, He would turn against them and bring upon them great calamities. 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