Over and over again, Joshua uses his last days on the earth to remind the Israelites of their covenant with God,
recapping their legacy all the way back to Abraham.
“Choose today who you will worship,” Joshua declares.
And over and over again, the Israelites reply,
“We will worship the Lord.”
So Joshua takes a large stone and places it under an oak at the sanctuary of the Lord.
You see this stone – it will be a witness against us,
for it has heard all the words the Lord has said to us,
and it will be a witness against you,
so that you will not deny your God.
Joshua then slips out of the Israelite story at the age of 110.
His time as leader has come to a peaceful end.
Generations later, Jesus will ride into Jerusalem on a donkey and Scripture says,
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Joshua and Jesus – two names with one root and meaning.
Yahweh [the Lord] is Salvation
One is translated from Hebrew into English,
the other from Greek.
And they both knew something we should never forget.
Even if the whole world stops proclaiming Jesus as Lord,
the stones will cry out.