Joshua 24 Outline

Joshua assembles all the tribes at Shechem, 1. A brief history of God’s benefits from Terah: he exhorts them faithfully to serve the true God, 2-13. Reneweth a covenant between them and God; promising for himself and his house; the people four several times promising for themselves, 11-25. He writes this in the book of the law, and sets up a stone for a witness, 26-28. His age, death, and burial, 29-31. The burying of Joseph’s bones, 32. The death and burial of Eleazar, 33.

2 thoughts on “Joshua 24 Outline

  1. Matthew Henry: ‘This chapter concludes the life and reign of Joshua, in which we have, I. The great care and pains he took to confirm the people of Israel in the true faith and worship of God, that they might, after his death, persevere therein. In order to this he called another general assembly of the heads of the congregation of Israel (verse 1) and dealt with them. 1. By way of narrative, recounting the great things God had done for them and their fathers, verses 2-13. 2. By way of charge to them, in consideration thereof, to serve God, verse 14. 3. By way of treaty with them, wherein he aims to bring them, (1.) To make religion their deliberate choice; and they did so, with reasons for their choice, verses 15-18. (2.) To make it their determinate choice, and to resolve to adhere to it, verses 19-24. 4. By way of covenant upon that treaty, verses 25-28. II. The conclusion of this history, with, 1. The death and burial of Joshua (verses 29-30) and Eleazar (verse 33), and the mention of the burial of Joseph’s bones upon that occasion, verse 32. 2. A general account of the state of Israel at that time, verse 31.’

  2. John Howie’s “Scots Worthies”, citing David Dickson on the Scotland’s Covenants: ‘”(1.) They were the fruits of many prayers, fasting, tears, wrestling, and indefatigable labours of the greatest and best men that ever breathed in our nation, recovering a people, sunk into antichristian darkness, to enjoy liberty due to them by Christ’s purchase.

    “(2.) The renewing them so many times in old King James’ reign spoke out the fervency of these worthy spirits in ardour and affection to them, as so many jewels of so great value, that they were set as gems and pearls in Christ’s crown, to wear so long as His interest remained in the church.

    “(3.) The blessings accompanying the entering unto and renewing these Covenants were so fluent in all church-ordinances, both secret, private, and public, that whatever was planted in so fruitful a soil of such blessing and influence of the Spirit, could not but grow up as calves in the stall, fat and full of sap.

    “(4.) These Covenants were to our forefathers like the rending of their own clothes, as Elisha did, and taking up Elijah’s mantle, and clothing themselves with it (2 Kings 2:12-13); enjoying of Moses’ spirit (Deuteronomy 24); and like Joshua (Joshua 24) when dying, leaving a testimony of remembrance to posterity, by engaging them in these Covenants.

    “(5.) So long as our church cleaved to these our Covenants, it fell out with them as it did with King Asa (2 Chronicles 15:2); the Lord was with them while they were with Him. But our fathers’ offspring forsaking God, he forsook them; from that day that our Covenants were so ignominiously treated, unto this day, all calamities as to our religious concerns have fallen upon us.

    “(6.) The late sufferings of all who shed their heart’s blood upon the fields and scaffolds, their imprisonments, and banishments, were all dyed with the crimson blood of the Covenant. From that day of the force and fury of enemies, the giddy church, straying in the wilderness, is much fallen out of sight either of pillar of cloud or fire. Our intermixtures are turned pernicious to the glory and honour of Christ’s house, which should not be a den of buyers and sellers. Although the sufferings of our late brethren seemed to be heavy to bear, yet two prime truths were sealed with their blood (and that of the best, as of our honourable nobles, faithful ministers, gentry, burghers, and commons of all sorts), which were never before sealed, either by the blood of our primitive martyrs, or our late martyrs in the dawning of our Reformation. The two truths were, Christ’s Headship in the Church in despite of supremacy and bold Erastianism; and our Covenants; which two truths were in the mouths of all our Worthies, when mounting their bloody theatres and scaffolds; ascending, as it were, up unto God, in a perfumed cloud of transporting joy, that they were honoured to suffer upon such clear grounds. That supremacy was so aghasted by our Covenants, that no rest could it have till it got the gravestone laid upon them, and so conjured all who tasted the liquor of that supremacy, that the thoughts of getting the buried Covenants out of the grave were more terrible to them than the devils, who are now in the place of our vows to God, managing their diabolical games in these places where the Covenants were most in honour and request, the one burned, and the other rising in its room. Much blood and treasure have been spent to set the flourishing crown upon Christ’s head in Scotland; Declarations, Acts of councils and parliament, Remonstrances, Engagements, Vows, and Covenants; but the sealing blood of the late martyrs was the copestone of all. The primitive martyrs sealed the prophetic office of Christ with their heart’s blood; the reforming martyrs sealed His priestly office with theirs; and last of all, our martyrs have again so sealed His kingly office. They indeed have cemented it upon His royal head, so that to the end of the world it shall not drop off again.’

Leave a Comment