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Summary: Joshua, nearing the end of his ministry makes a passionate plea for REAL commitment.

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An Outline of Joshua’s Farewell speech to the People of Israel

Joshua 24:1-13

Verses 1-13

Joshua recites the history of Israel from Abraham’s call to the conquest of Canaan.

The theme of Joshua’s message is a call to continue serving God—remembering God’s goodness should have the effect of helping His people remain faithful.

Verses 14-15

A direct appeal for the people to service God.

The appeal involved:

A call to make a choice

A strong reminder to reject idolatry

A personal commitment for Joshua and his family

Verses 16-18

The people’s public confession of God and spoken commitment to service Him

Verses 19-20

Joshua declares the consequences of breaking the covenant with God.

Includes a reminder - just as God is faithful in keeping His word to provide for and to protect Israel- He would also be faithful to judge Israel.

Verses 24-27

The commitment ceremony is described.

The people make a public verbal commitment.

A monument is created to help the people remember their commitment.


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