Summary: Joshua, nearing the end of his ministry makes a passionate plea for REAL commitment.
An Outline of Joshua’s Farewell speech to the People of Israel
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.
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
The people’s public confession of God and spoken commitment to service Him
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.
The commitment ceremony is described.
The people make a public verbal commitment.
A monument is created to help the people remember their commitment.