Joshua 24:15 – Witness Stone

Today’s Readings: Joshua 24:1‐33, Luke 21:1‐28, Psalm 89:38‐52, Proverbs 13:20‐23

Questions out of the second half of Joshua 24:

Do you have spiritual mentors that push you to serve the Lord? 14-15 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness… Choose this day whom you will serve…  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Do you remember God’s faithfulness? 16-18 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery… Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

Do you know there are consequences if you forsake God? 19-20 But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.  If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.”

Have you cleaned house? 21-23 And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord.” Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

Have you committed to obedience? 24-26a And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem. And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God.

What are your witness stones? 26b-28  And he took a large stone and set it up there under the terebinth that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God.” So Joshua sent the people away, every man to his inheritance.

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