And if it seems evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Would it be any obligation upon those who make the service of God their choice? Joshua here puts them to their choice, not as if it were antecedently indifferent whether they served God or nor, or as if they were at liberty to refuse his service.
But because it would have a significant influence upon our perseverance in religion if we embraced it with the reason of men and with the resolution of men. These two things he here brings them to
1. He brings us to embrace our religion rationally and intelligently, for it is a reasonable service.
The will of man is apt to glory in its native liberty, and, in a jealousy for the honour of this. Adheres with most pleasure to that which is its own choice and is not imposed upon it. Therefore, it is God’s will that this service should be, not our chance, or a force upon us, but our choice.
Accordingly, (1) Joshua somewhat puts the matter to their choice, Joshua 24:15. Here,
 He proposes the candidates that stand for the election. The Lord, Yeshua, on one side, and on the other side, either the gods of our ancestors, which would pretend to recommend themselves to those that were fond of antiquity. And that which was received by tradition from their fathers, or the gods of their neighbours, the Amorites, in whose land they dwelt. Which would insinuate themselves into the affections of those that were complaisant and fond of good fellowship?
 He supposes there were those to whom, upon some account or other, it would seem evil to serve the Lord. There are prejudices and objections which some people raise against religion, which, with those that are inclined to the world and the flesh, have considerable force. It seems evil to them, hard and unreasonable, to be obliged to deny themselves, mortify the flesh, take up their cross.
We are here entirely, though briefly, instructed concerning hearing the word of God
1. We are required to prepare ourselves for it (James 1:21), to get rid of every corrupt affection and of every prejudice and prepossession, and to lay aside those sins which pervert the judgment and blind the mind. All the filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, before explained, must, in an especial manner, be subdued and cast off, by all such as attend on the word of the gospel.
2. We are directed how to hear it: Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls
(1) In hearing the word of God, we are to receive it–assent to the truths of it–consent to the laws of it receive it as the stock does the graft so as that the fruit which is produced may be, not according to the nature of the sour stock, but according to the nature of that word of the gospel which is engrafted into our souls.
(2) We must, therefore, yield ourselves to the word of God, with most submissive, humble, and tractable tempers: this is to receive it with meekness. Being willing to hear of our faults, and taking it not only patiently, but thankfully, desiring also to be moulded and formed by the doctrines and precepts of the gospel
(3) In all our hearing we should aim at the salvation of our souls. It is the design of the word of God to make us wise to salvation, and those who propose any meaner or lower ends to themselves in attending upon it dishonour the gospel and disappoint their souls. We should come to the word of God (both to read it and hear it), as those who know it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, Romans 1:16.
3. We are taught what is to be done after hearing (James 1:22): But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Observe here, (1) Hearing is to do the most attentive, and the most frequent hearing of the word of God will not avail us unless we are also doers of it.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
The following excerpt from “Your Journey,” re-published April 20, 2020. Reveals our real purpose as Modern Day Disciples.
No matter our belief, our life’s journey will take us through many different scenarios. There will be times of beauty and times of unrest. Each represents a balance in our mission.
My teacher, The Holy Spirit, brought me an opportunity to share my witness and testimony with a young woman who, like so many, believe there is no God. Her walk is centred deeply in works and being the right person. She is not an atheist, but as an Educated professional, does not believe in spirits or spirituality. As our conversation grew more in-depth, she queried “if I was easily offended”? Because she did not want to do so by stating her belief, “There is no God!” I replied this was not “offensive,” but instead, I recognized it as a “spiritual choice,” she was personally making, which does not affect me, my walk, or beliefs.
The following shows how the planting of the mustard seeds when they take root will reveal answers in the life of the one who received them.
The apostle James shows what is the proper use of the word of God, who they are that do not use it as they ought, and who they are that do make a right use of it, James 1:23-25.
Let us consider each of these distinctly (1) The use we are to make of God’s word may be learnt from its being compared to a mirror, in which a man may behold his natural face. As a mirror shows us the spots and defilements upon our faces, so they may be remedied and washed off, the word of God reveals our sins, so we may repent of them and have them pardoned. It shows us what is amiss, that it may be amended. Some mirrors will flatter people, but that which is truly the word of God is no flattering mirror.
If you flatter yourselves, it is your own fault the truth, as it is in Yeshua (Jesus), flatters no man. Let the word of truth be carefully attended to, and it will set before you the corruption of your nature, the disorders of your hearts and lives it will tell you plainly what you are.
Joshua directs, what to do, so we might persevere in our walk, Joshua 23:11. “Would we cleave to the Lord, and not forsake him,”
1. We must always stand upon our guard, for many, a precious soul is lost and ruined through carelessness. “Take heed, therefore, take good heed to yourselves, to your souls (so the word is), that the inward man is kept clean from the pollutions of sin, and closely employed in the service of God.”
God has given us precious souls with this charge, “Take good heed to them, keep them with all diligence, above all, keeping.”
2. What we do in the service of Yeshua, we must do from a principle of love, not by constraint or from a slavish fear of God, but of choice and with delight “Lord the Lord your God, and you will not leave him.”
Psalms 55:22 “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Remember, these messages come from an obedient, “Watchmen,” sounding the horn about an evil that is about to occur. Let us reveal to the enemy his shortcomings as shown in Colossians 3:8-9 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. v9. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.
May our Father bless and keep you well as our journey continues.