Joshua 23–24: "Choosing You This Day"

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 83–84

As a young man, Joshua came out of Egypt and was a servant to Moses. He witnessed the plagues in Egypt, the miracles in the wilderness, and the murmuring and rebellions of the Israelites. Finally, he led the armies of Israel in their miraculous victories over the cities and kings of Canaan. Joshua 23–24 records the last sermon of this great (and now quite old) leader in Israel. Having studied a little about his life and his experiences, what do you think the major theme of his talk was?

Understanding the Scriptures

Joshua 23

Expel (v. 5)Thrust them out 
Cleave unto (vv. 8, 12)Hold closely to 
Take good heed (v. 11)Pay close attention 
Remnant of these nations (v. 12)The survivors of the nations of Canaan 
Scourges in your sides (v. 13)Wounds, like the effect of a whip 
Going the way of all the earth (v. 14)To die 

Joshua 24

The Flood (vv. 2–3, 14–15)The Jordan River 
Multiplied his seed (v. 3)Increased the size of his family 
I sent the hornet before you (v. 12)I allowed your reputation to frighten others. 
Consume (v. 20)Destroy 
Incline (v. 23)Stretch out 
Set them a statute and an ordinance (v. 25)Gave them laws to be received by covenants 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Joshua 23–24.

Activity A iconDiagram Joshua’s Advice

Make two diagrams in your notebook like the ones below to represent what Joshua told the Israelites in Joshua 23. In the first diagram, list under “Actions” what Joshua told Israel to do; then list under “Consequences” the blessings promised. In the second diagram, list under “Actions” what Joshua told Israel not to do, and then list under “Consequences” what would happen because of their disobedience.


Joshua 24:6–8, 11



Joshua 24:9–10


Joshua 24:12, 16



Joshua 24:15–16

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Joshua 24:15

  1. 1.

    List the ways the Lord had blessed the Israelites mentioned in Joshua 24:1–13.

  2. 2.

    Because of all that the Lord did for the family of Israel, what did Joshua ask them to do in verses 14–15?

  3. 3.

    How could Joshua’s counsel in verse 15 bless your life today?