Preacher: Gordon Hay
Verses: Joshua 14:14-24; Mark 9:49-50
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!”
This passage in Joshua 24 has always been one that has struck me.
Joshua has led the Israelites into the Promised Land. He has done all that he was called to do. Undertaking much of this at an advanced age. As he is nearing the end of his life he gathers the tribes at Shechem and he addresses them. He does two things: he first recounts what God has done for them, and then challenges them.
And the challenge is one that I go back to time and again, and that I want us to examine.
Joshua describes the history of what God has done, and this is detailed from the time of the flood, escaping from Egypt right up to where they are at that point in time.
They have crossed into the Promised Land, have conquered many nations and taken cities.
Joshua 24:13 : “So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.”