Joshua 24:1-4 “Humility”

Nov 11 2019

Joshua 24:1-4


Joshua words to the nation on the eve of his pending death are unusual as much as they

are framed with the words in verse 2 “Thus says the Lord God of Israel” which makes

this a prophetic word not just Joshua’s closing remarks. Yet when one reads these words

you will find that what is recorded is not predictive at all instead it looks back at God’s

faithfulness. It has been said that the definition of humility is twofold:

A. Knowing who you are

B. Knowing who God is

So Joshua starts with reminding the nation just who they are by reminding them about

their beginnings recalling that Abraham and his family was a bunch of idolaters

according to Gen. 11:27-12:9. In Stephens’ final words before being stoned he said in

Acts 7:2 that “listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in

Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran”. It wasn’t Abraham who sought after God it

was God who reached out to Abraham. In other words, Stephen said, “Your pride in

your national identity was in reality an act of grace by a loving God.”

What Joshua communicated was a warning not to begin to think of God’s

victories as man’s achievements. Oh dear ones let us hear the preacher Joshua with

regards to this least we begin to think that somehow God’s victories were our

achievements. I’m afraid that we are under the mistaken opinion that when God

chooses a person that He does so by human methods looking for someone head and

shoulders above the rest, someone worth saving but that is not the case. Consider the

comparison of Saul and David where are told in 1 Samuel 9:2 with regards to Saul that

“There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his

shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.” Then in 1 Samuel 16:7 the Lord

said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I

have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward

appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Saints let us realize today that when we:

• Start thinking that God’s victories were our achievements

• And start thinking that God chooses us based upon our qualities instead of


Than we have already begun the slide into idolatry and what we are worshipping is

ourselves. Oh dear ones God’s choice of you wasn’t based upon your value, talents,

accomplishments, no His chose has everything to do with Him and nothing to do with

you. This truth alone ought to be enough to keep us humble and broken before the Lord

and each other but it doesn’t. No, we have to add something on to the phrase to

distinguish us from the rest of the believers don’t we? “Why I’m a good Christian. Are

there degrees of being a Christian? Do you have to achieve merit badges, tithe a certain

amount, and read the bible through certain amount of times to be considered a “good

Christian”? No, we simple trust in a Great God who can and does save us!

This has been Pastor Dale