Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

CHOICES—THE CHOICE THAT DEFINES YOU

Joshua 24:14-28 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 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 LORD. 16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: 18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.

Looking at Joshua chapter 24, I would mention that according to some sources, Joshua had been the leader of the nation of Israel for about 50 years beginning with the death of Moses and Israel’s entrance into Canaan.  But Joshua dies at the end of this chapter at the age of 110.  So this last chapter of the book that bears his name is also the final chapter of his life.  In the events detailed in this chapter, we see Joshua’s desire for the nation as he is about to pass off the scene.

As Warren Wiersbe said…Joshua was concerned lest the people lapse into idolatry because of the influence of the heathen nations around them.  Israel was prone to worship idols, and Joshua knew that idolatry would cause them to forfeit their inheritance. Joshua didn’t want the people to make a wrong turn spiritually in the days ahead that would cause them to get off course, or that would cause them to go in a direction contrary to the direction God would have them to go in.                                                                             Faith Life

            He Spoke of their Past Lives (vs. 1–4)
            He Spoke of their Path of Liberation (vs. 5–7)
            He Spoke of the Provision of the Land (vs. 8–13)

 

A DECISION TO BE CONSIDERED 14
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

      
THE SIGNIFICANT CHOICE Now therefore fear the LORD”  32 times in KJV

                        Term of Respect
                        Time of Reverence            
                        Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the                                               inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

       THE SERIOUS CHOICE “serve him in sincerity and in truth:”
                        Deuteronomy 6:12-14 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. 14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

       THE SPIRITUAL CHOICE “and put away the gods which your fathers served                  on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt;

                        FELIX———“SOME MORE CONVENIENT DAY”
                        AGRIPPA—-“ALMOST THOU PERSUADEST ME TO BE A                                                                CHRISTIAN”

            THE SINGLE CHOICE and serve ye the LORD”

            Hebrews 3:7-11 ¶ Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8  Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

 

A DECISION TO BE OBSERVED 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 LORD.    

            THIS CHOICE IS PERSONAL “Choose you.” It cannot be done by proxy.                                             Every man must   come to God himself.

            THIS CHOICE IS POWERFUL Religion is life; life is example; and example is almost omnipotent. The smallest pebble cast into the quiet pool causes a series of undulations, and the smallest of these leaves its impression, for millions of ages, on the shore; so does the feeblest soul of man, renewed by grace, make a series of moral impressions on the                    world — impressions whose record will be legible throughout all eternity. (Evan Lewis, B. A.)

            THIS CHOICE IS PERSUASIVE “as for me and my house, we will serve
                                                                the LORD”

 

A DECISION TO BE RECORDED  Joshua 24:16-24 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: 18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

            A SPOKEN WITNESS          16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: 18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.

            A SCRIBBLED WITNESS    Joshua 24:25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God. 28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.