Joshua 24:27

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Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord which He spoke to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God.”

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6 thoughts on “Joshua 24:27”

  1. Enough can never be said about Joshua… and maybe I chose this verse because it’s one, I think, that shows his mortality, his humanity. Because he’s about to die, he wants to encourage God’s people to stop dabbling with other gods and he makes them promise to, to basically and very simply LOVE THE LORD. But at the same time, he tells them that if it doesn’t seem, to them, that it is the right thing to do then they shouldn’t make this promise. Then after they promise he tells them that he has this rock that heard everything and will stand as a reminder and witness against them if they don’t stop bowing to other gods. I just love it. His heart wants to stay and be that rock to keep reminding them, but he can’t stay so he leaves them with the rock “In Memory Of” the renewed covenant to be God’s people.

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    1. It is true that in our lives we each have our own “rock” incident. Something that took place at a certain time or at a certain location to be a reminder to us of something that Almighty God has done in our lives. I think it is good to have many of these for different circumstances, in order to always keep our minds and attitudes steadfast towards the Lord.

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      1. That’s an awesome insight about the rock, Todd. In fact, it’s something that I am always harping on regarding faith. That rock, that supernatural meeting with Jesus Christ helps us to reject unbelief and temptations. I don’t know where I’d be without that rock. And actually when I was backslidden for about 20 years, the Lord took away even the memory of my meeting with Him, that born-again supernatural meeting was taken from my memory. Thankfully He gave it back to me with my faith : )

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    2. Joshua loved God’s people so much. God wants to plead through us to others but first we must step aside out of our self centeredness and let God. I see Joshua had a love for people and knew that it was not just about himself. I remember a time when I would tell God oh I will never do this again if you do this. Bargaining with God never works. What I see here is that stone of remembrance is to remind them not to worship other gods is more of, what have you learned? I look back to things I have done and I go never again lol!!! Now I am accountable, oh we love that word Don’t we. Jesus says, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” It is knowing to do good and not doing it is sin. Also on the flip side is knowing to do bad but choosing to do good 🙂

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      1. Stephanie, that part about “What have you learned?” is so true. It seems like those people who were being guided, supported, and governed almost directly by God through Joshua were so inconstant – their faith seems so superficial and shallow through the whole desert experience and even going into their inheritance, there are still some of them filling up that “Medicine Chest” with carved idols. So since Joshua knows that some of the Israelites don’t have God in their hearts, he tells them to Remember what they promised when they see that stone. They promised to follow the Law of Moses… which included to LOVE GOD 🙂

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  2. You know the thing I keep thinking about Joshua is that he was nobody. I guess that’s the same for Moses and David and probably a lot more people, but Joshua just believed. He was a BELIEVER. He trusted God and only God. And his faith was noticed by God and by Moses. It was as if demonstrating that he trusted God, made Joshua trustworthy… Moses and God knew that they could trust him to lead the people after Moses left. I think it’s a good reminder for me how important it is to trust that God knows what he’s doing… and if I can realize that trust… demonstrate that I trust Him, then He can offer more opportunities to me for ministry.

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