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Joshua 24:25-33

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The Deaths of Joshua and Eleazar; The Burial of Joseph's Bones

Joshua 24:25-33

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Lesson Number 35

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Faithful believers publicize their commitment to the Lord.
  2. Faithful believers appreciate their title to the land.

Practical Application

  1. Are you a hen or a hog when it comes to commitment?

Questions

  1. What did the memorial at Shechem commemorate?
  2. Was the "sanctuary of the Lord" the same as the tabernacle?
  3. What is meant by the "sanctuary of the Lord?"
  4. What other events may have taken place here at Shechem?
  5. When did Joshua die in relation to the renewal of the covenant? How old was he at his death?

Answers

  1. The call and ratification of covenant renewal between the Lord and His people Israel.
  2. No. The sanctuary was at Shechem and the tabernacle was located at Shiloh.
  3. It seems to refer to the location at Shechem as special and set apart as a holy place.
  4. Abraham built an altar to the Lord when he entered the land of Canaan about 700 years earlier; Jacob built an altar about 500 years prior to this time when he came safely to Shechem in the land of Canaan.
  5. Joshua died soon after his farewell address and covenant renewal. He was 110.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Review the words of Joshua to the people when he set up the memorial marker of the covenant commitment (Joshua 24:27). This stone was to be a public testimony of the verbal commitment that the people had made to the Lord. Have you set up a memorial marker, so to speak, to publicize your commitment to the Lord? In other words, do you have a public testimony that you are a believer?
  2. Joshua, Joseph and Eleazar appreciated their title to the land the Lord had given them. Are you established in the land? Have you realized and experienced the joy of the Lord in your life? Have you appropriated the spiritual blessing of your eternal security in Christ? Have you seen Satan's tactics overthrown because of your prayers? True fulfillment, blessing and satisfaction comes only by appreciating your title to the land the Lord has given to you.

Challenge

  1. Are you a hen or a hog when it comes to commitment? Are you just playing church and making token contributions or is your commitment real, total and good for the long haul? Have you committed yourself as a living sacrifice? (Romans 12:1-2) Read and be challenged by Hebrews 12:1 and Philippians 3:13-14.

Key Verses

  • "This stone will be a witness, for it has heard all the words the Lord spoke to us. It will be a witness to you, lest you deny your God." (Joshua 24:27)
  • "Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel." (Joshua 24:31)

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