The Deaths of Joshua and Eleazar (Joshua 24:28 – 33)

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Joshua 24:28 – 33

Questions:

1. Why were Joseph’s bones were brought from Egypt and buried at Shechem (see Genesis 50:24, 25)?

2.  What era comes to an end with the death of Joshua? With the death of Eleazar?

3. What age do you think you will be when you die? Why that age?

4. In your social circles, when is it appropriate to ask or divulge the age of an older female? An older male?

5. Where would you like to be buried? Why?

6. What one thing do you want people to remember about you when you die?

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The Covenant Renewed At Shechem(Joshua 24:1 – 27)

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Joshua 24:1 – 27

Questions:

1. When you were a child in school, were you ever summoned to the principal’s office? For what?

2. If you could live in any other period of history, when would you choose? Why then?

3. When presented with a challenge in your life, are you more prone to look before you leap or leap before you look? Give an example.

4. After all they’ve been through, why are the Israelites given a choice now about whom to serve?

  • Joshua has doubts about their commitment
  • Faith is always a choice
  • You can’t serve God and something else
  • Joshua was soliciting support for his leadership

5. What was behind the people’s saying, “We too will serve the Lord”?

  • unblemished faith and commitment
  • fear of what God might do otherwise
  • a little too much self-confidence
  • a sense of obligation

6. If Joshua comes on a little strong in verses 19 and 20, it’s because . . .

  • he was old, so he didn’t have to be tactful
  • he knew Israel’s track record
  • once you commit, there’s no turning back
  • there’s a limit to God’s patience
  • in and of yourself, you’re not able to serve the Lord

7. Looking back over your life so far, can you see any special time in it when God made a difference? How?

8. What symbols of commitment does your church use to help people count the cost of following the Lord Jesus?

9. What other “gods” besides the Lord are you tempted to serve?

  • certain people
  • an ideal/cause
  • security
  • leisure
  • physical gratification
  • money
  • power
  • other: ____________

10. Are you really serious about serving the Lord? If so . . .

  • (a) share with someone one thing God has done for you, your family, or your church
  • (b) name one concrete spiritual commitment you want to make (verse 14 – 18)
  • (c) write down on paper the “god” you wish to forsake (verses 23 and 24), crumple your paper, and throw it into a wastebasket (or burn it)
  • (d) celebrate with a prayer or a song

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Joshua’s Farewell to the Leaders (Joshua 23)

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Joshua 23

Questions:

1. When you were a child, who was the oldest person you knew? What do you recall about him or her?

2. As a teen, which of the following were you most likely to turn to for advice and why?

  • parent or grandparent
  • teacher
  • minister, priest or rabbi
  • close friend your own age
  • a good book
  • The Good Book

3. How do you think Joshua felt as he looked back on his life?

  • tired
  • proud
  • disillusioned
  • filled with praise
  • grateful
  • at peace
  • no regrets
  • some regrets

4. Which of the answers in Question #3 are true of you? Or would you add another? If so, what?

5. If you were Joshua, what about the past would you celebrate the most?

  • the rest (peace) God provided
  • the many years of his life
  • the richness of those years
  • the miracles he had seen
  • his sense of accomplishment
  • the respect he received
  • God’s faithfulness

6. Looking back on your life, what has been the result when you obeyed God? When you disobeyed Him?

7. How did Joshua feel about the people’s future?

  • hopeful
  • worried
  • optimistic
  • pessimistic

8. Which of the answers in Question #7 describe how you feel about “the next generation”? Or would you add another? If so, what?

9. What did Joshua most want to communicate to the next generation?

  • don’t forget what God has done for you
  • don’t forget what God and I have done for you
  • don’t get proud
  • keep your courage
  • keep your faith
  • follow God’s Word
  • be careful whose company you keep
  • don’t throw away what you have
  • who (or what) will you worship?

10. What piece of advice do you typically give (or receive) on farewell occasions, such as graduation days, going away parties, etc.

11. Now that you are growing older, what would you like to say to the next generation (in general)? To your own loved ones (in particular)? How can you try to communicate these messages?

Additional Comments:

As we close out the book of Joshua, take a moment to review some of the highlights of his remarkable life . . .

  • slavery in Egypt
  • the plagues
  • the exodus from Egypt
  • serving as Moses’ aide
  • serving as one of the 12 spies during the 40 years in the wilderness
  • becoming Moses’ successor
  • leading the Israelites through the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River
  • commanding the army of Israel in their partial conquest of the promised land

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