by Daniel Rodgers

Fathers, God's Leaders of the Home
Dan Rodgers
Joshua 24:14-18

Note once again, the last part of vs. 15, "...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

INTRODUCTION: In this passage of Scripture, we find Joshua to be an old man; he was 110 years of age. Can you imagine living to be 110? I'm not sure I would want to...think of the condition you would be in; having someone feed you your birthday cake.

HUMOR: I'm reminded of the following story:
At a nursing home a group of seniors was sitting around talking about their ailments.

"My arms have gotten so weak, I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said one.

"Yes, I know," said another. "My cataracts are so bad I can't even see my cup of coffee."

A third person said, "Why, I couldn't even mark an 'X' at election time, my hands are so crippled."

"What? Speak up! What? I can't hear you," said a fourth.

A fifth person chimed in: "I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck," to which several nodded weakly in agreement.

Another exclaimed, "My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy I can hardly walk."

Another elderly gentleman said, "I forgot where I am and where I'm going."

"I guess that's the price we pay for getting old," winced an old man as he slowly shook his head and all agreed.

"Well, count your blessings," said Betty cheerfully,

"Thank God we can all still drive."

In our story, Joshua is about to pass off the scene; so he gathers together all the leaders of Israel to give them his advice and his final message. It says in 24:1, "And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God." From this account, I want to draw two main points about Joshua and our message, "Fathers, God's Leaders in the Home."

I. A Leader of His Home
II. A Plan for His Family

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