Joshua is making the people think, “…choose this day whom you will serve” (v. 15). When the people say, “We too will serve the Lord” (v. 18), he makes them think again, “You are not able to serve the Lord…”. Now the people say with conviction, “No! We will serve the Lord” (v. 21) and Joshua immediately makes a covenant for them (v. 25). Reminds me of Jesus’s dialogues with Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman and others where he iterates and makes them think.
As a leader, Joshua confidently with deep conviction said to all the Israelites, “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (v. 15). And so, the people answered, “we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God” (v. 18).
(v31) Israelites served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who “outlived” him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done.
-As an individual, and also as a church, we should also fear the Lord and serve Him with all “faithfulness” and “obey” Him. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
-Joshua, an awesome leader who strengthened the Israelites to stay united and be focused on God’s direction. Eleazar, an awesome spiritual leader who strengthened the Israelites to keep up God’s commandments! What a great combination after Moses and Aaron!
What made the Israelites to serve the Lord during the time of Joshua and the elders?They knew all that God did for Israel.
How can our next generation serve the Lord?
We should take efforts to talk about what God has been doing in our lives.