Joshua’s Last Service to His People Joshua 24:16-33

Joshua did well to discourage their proud vauntings, and to show that the people could not in their own might realize God’s ideal, Psa_105:4. The book of Judges is a bitter commentary on these lofty words.

What the stone of witness was to Israel, the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism are to the Church and to the world. The walls of our private chambers have listened to our prayers and tears. God help us to be true to them!

Joshua and the elders, while they lived, were a steadying influence to Israel. Such was the influence of the Apostles on the early Church. Let us learn the value of character. Compare Jos_24:32 with Gen_50:25 and Exo_13:19. Take heart! The fulfillment of God’s promise may tarry, but His word is sure as the morning light, Hos_6:1-4.