We Will Serve the Lord

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 24:16-31 The Lord, not Joshua, is the key Person in this book. As we have studied the Book of Joshua, we have discovered wonderful truths about God. He is a faithful God even when His people forsake Him. He keeps His promises: He had promised that He would give the Israelites their land, and He kept His promise. He had promised that He would drive out the nations of Canaan before them, and He kept that promise, …

Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 24:14-15 Joshua ended his formal address with what has become known as one of the most powerful and courageous testimonies and witness in all of Scripture. The tense he used implied more than a once-for-all choosing: it was what grammarians call “continuous action.” It’s as if Joshua said, “I have chosen to serve the Lord; I am choosing that same path of service now; and I will go on choosing to serve God until the very end.” …

Great Things He Has Done

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 24:1-13 Joshua began his farewell sermon by reminding Israel of its history. The emphasis is on what God did for them and the fact that He had done it. After the long years of conquest, it would have been tempting for people, especially the soldiers, to think back over their victories and boast of them as their own achievements. God, who was with them in battle, had given them the dominion they now enjoyed. The challenge was …

A Wonderful Example

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 23:6-16 The true test of Joshua’s commitment to God is reflected in his humility as he addressed Israel. Looking back over the tremendous victories, how easy it would have been to exalt himself. Twelve times in chapter 23 Joshua referred to the “Lord your God” when reviewing the successes of Israel. Joshua demonstrated who was first in his own life. He was giving honor and glory to God. It is often easy to begin our Christian life …

Passing the Torch

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 23:1-5 There is something poignant and stirring about the last words of great leaders, particularly if they are giving a charge to their successors. In the last verses of Genesis, Joseph gathers his brothers around him and gives them final instructions. Moses’ farewell is recorded in the last chapters of Deuteronomy. Joshua’s farewell is much the same. Significantly Joshua reminded the leaders about how God had dealt so faithfully with them in the past. It’s not natural …

Keeping the Peace

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 22:1-5, 9-12, 30-34 I remember reading an account of V-E Day, May 8, 1945, when President Truman announced over the radio: “General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered. The flags of freedom fly all over Europe.” Three months later, on August 14, V-J Day occurred; as a result, the downtown area of most cities in the United States were jammed with people celebrating. The war was over! I would imagine that the soldiers …