Summary: Joshua recognized a major benchmark in Israel’s progress toward inheriting the Promised Land. Our graduates are entering a new phase of life acknowledging their past accomplishments & thereby initiating their significant work yet to be accomplished.
A NEW PHASE Of LIFE—Joshua 24:14-28
Graduates of High School & Community College
If you work without serving God, then you’ve chosen your god & your god is you!
Joshua recognized a major benchmark in Israel’s progress toward inheriting the Promised Land.
Our graduates have reached a benchmark acknowledging their past accomplishments & thereby initiating their significant work yet to be accomplished.
Our graduates are beginning a new phase of life.
How do we enter/begin a new phase of life.
4 requirements/determinations for a new phase of life.
If you are going to possess the ‘land’ God wants you to have, you must...
1—A New Phase of life requires your...
Explanation: (:14-16) Choice
:14—“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity & in truth, & put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River & in Egypt. Serve the LORD!”
Joshua had just reviewed God’s history of provision, protection, guidance, etc. for Israel(24:2-13).
The intention/invitation logical conclusion drawn from their experience with YaHWeH follows in 24:14-28.
As a result of God’s grace/care, those who have been the direct recipients of it are obligated to both “fear” Him “serve” Him.
This fear & service directed toward God by His people is to be expressed in a character of “sincerity” & “truth”.
The practical outworking of their “fear & service” is in divorcing/‘putting away’ themselves from the gods served by their fathers, namely those gods of Terah, Abraham & Nahor beyond the River Euphrates, & later the Egyptian gods. The children of Israel served false gods in Egypt. Was this done in ignorance bowing to cultural dictates, mandates & pressures OR openly & willingly bowing to & aiding in the cultural climate? OR was it done coercively being forced upon them?
“Fear”—ary yaw-ray’—1) To fear, revere, be afraid; 2) (TWOT) to shoot, pour. Strong—a primitive root; To fear; morally, To revere; caus. To frighten:-- Affright, be (make) afraid, dread(-ful), (put in) fear(-ful, --fully, --ing), (be had in) reverence(-end), X see, terrible (act, --ness, thing).
“the LORD”(thruout)—hwhy yeh-ho-vaw’—Strong— (The) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:-- Jehovah, the Lord.
“Serve”(thruout)—dbe aw-bad’—1) To work, serve. Strong—a primitive root; To work (in any sense); by implication, To serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.:-- X be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, + husbandman, keep, labour(-ing man, bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve(-ing, self), (be, become) servant(-s), do (use) service, till(-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.
“Sincerity”—Mymt taw-meem’—1) Complete, whole, entire, sound—1a) Complete, whole, entire, 1b) Whole, sound, healthful, 1c) Complete, entire (of time), 1d) Sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity, 1e) What is complete or entirely in accord with truth & fact (neuter adj/subst). Strong—Entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) Integrity, truth:-- Without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright(-ly), whole.