- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Joshua 24
Joshua’s farewell address.
Joshua, a great leader second to Moses, made his final address to his people. First he spoke the history of the Covenant of God, beginning Abraham to his current when God finally settled them in the land. He emphasized that it was God who did all these (v.13).
Telling history reminds people of their root and identity as God’s people. we read it from the cases of Moses, Joshua, Stephen, and Peter, who retold the history of Israel.
Second, Joshua called for renewal of their Covenant at Shechem, which was very stern and clear, challenging the people to choose which gods they would worship, “Choose for yourself this day whom you will serve…” (v.15). It demanded the commitment of not only themselves but also their descendants. With the response from the people, Joshua set up a stone as witness mark between God and themselves.
Exodus was finally completed with burying Joseph’s bone at Shechem following his will in Egypt (Genesis 50:25). A new history of the Covenant of God has begun when the Israelites lived peacefully in the land, serving the Lord during Joshua’s life time and elders after him.
God’s redemptive story continues.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?