Do you think you are capable of “serving God”? This final chapter of Joshua has a quote with which many Christians are familiar: “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” As we read this, we can view this as a call for us to go and serve the Lord.
However, there is an interesting twist in verses 19 to 21. Joshua tells the people that “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy God.” This comes right after the people tell Joshua that they want to serve the Lord too. What? Is Joshua being a fatalist here?
I like verses 19 to 21, because they seem to point forward to Christ.
Only Christ would be able to fulfill humanity’s side of the covenant with God. Christ bore the wrath of God (v 20), so that we might live in union with God. What a glorious Savior. Next time you think about “serving God”, think about Christ, the holy servant, and worship him as the one who walked this earth. Only Christ truly served God by fulfilling our covenant with God.