Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search KJV
Version Selector Down Arrow

Search a pre-defined list

OR Select a range of biblical books



OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups:
'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

Your Bible Version is the KJV
Version Selector Up Arrow
KJV King James Version
NKJV New King James Version
NLT New Living Translation
NIV New International Version
ESV English Standard Version
HCSB Holman Christian Standard Bible
NASB New American Standard Bible
NET New English Translation
RSV Revised Standard Version
ASV American Standard Version
YLT Young's Literal Translation
DBY Darby Translation
WEB Webster's Bible
HNV Hebrew Names Version
RVR60 Reina-Valera 1960
VUL Latin Vulgate
WLC Westminster Leningrad Codex
LXX Septuagint
Go to Top
Link to This PageCite This Page
Version Selector Up Arrow
Version Selector Up Arrow

Cite this page

MLA format Copy link to clipboard

Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs.

APA format Copy link to clipboard
Chicago format Copy link to clipboard
Share this pageFollow the BLB
Version Selector Up Arrow

Share this page using one of these tools:




Or email this page to a friend:

Version Selector Up Arrow

Follow the Blue Letter Bible on:



Or subscribe to our Newsletter:

Printable Page
Left Contextbar EdgeLeft Contextbar Edge BackgroundRight Contextbar Edge2Prior SectionReturn to CommentariesReturn to Author BiographyNext SectionRight Contextbar Edge2Right Contextbar Edge BackgroundRight Contextbar Edge1
Choose a new font size and typeface

Customize your font sizeIncrease your font sizeDecrease your font sizeReturn to default font size

Choose a Bible text color
Read the Bible in blackRead the Bible in dark blueRead the Bible in blue

Customize your text type
Arial font
Trebuchet MS font
Georgia font
Times New Roman font

Customize your Hebrew text type
SBL Hebrew font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Customize your Greek text type
Gentium font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Close font preferences
The Blue Letter Bible
BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search KJV
Version Selector Down Arrow

Advanced Options

Search a pre-defined list

OR Select a range of biblical books



OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'


Advanced Options

Exact Match
Beginning of the Word
Any Part of the Word
Theological FAQs
Multi-Verse Retrieval
Search KJV
Version Selector Down Arrow

Line-By-Line Order:
Line-By-Line Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Line-By-Line Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Line-By-Line Separate Line  Separate Line
Line-By-Line Verse Only  Verse Only
Line-By-Line Reference Only  Reference Only
Reference Delimiters:
No Reference Delimiters  None — Jhn 1:1 KJV
Square Reference Delimiters  Square — [Jhn 1:1 KJV]
Curly Reference Delimiters  Curly — {Jhn 1:1 KJV}
Parenthesis Reference Delimiters  Parens — (Jhn 1:1 KJV)
Paragraph Order:
Paragraph Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Paragraph Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Paragraph Reference-Only  Reference-Only
Number Delimiters:*
No Verse Numbers  No Number
No Verse Delimeters  No Delimiter — 15
Square Verse Delimiters  Square — [15]
Curly Verse Delimiters  Curly — {15}
Parenthesis Verse Delimiters  Parens — (15)
Other Options:
Abbreviate Books  Abbreviate Books
Quotes Around Verses  Quotes around Verses
Remove Square Brackets  Remove Square Brackets
Sort Canonically  Sort Canonically

* 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order'

Let's Connect

Connect on TwitterConnect on FacebookConnect on InstagramConnect on PinterestConnect on Google Plus

Receive our Blue Letter Bible Newsletter

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one’s mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan

Study Resources :: Text Commentaries :: F.E. Marsh :: Readings 201-250 (Incorruptible - Kept)

F.E. Marsh :: 241. Joshua and Service

toggle collapse

JOSHUA 24:13-25

THE keynote of this Bible reading is the word “serve.” The children of Israel are reminded whom they did serve (Josh 24:15), and whom they are to serve. The expression, “serve the Lord,” or “serve Him,” occurs nine times (Josh 24:14-15, 18-19, 21-22 and 24).

  1. Salvation is the ground of service. Israel testifies what the Lord had saved them from, namely, from the bondage and bitterness of Egyptian tyranny, and from the enemies which surrounded their path as they were journeying to Canaan (Josh 24:17-18); and as a consequence they recognise that they ought to serve the Lord. This same principle is emphasized in relation to the believer in Christ. We do not serve to be saved, but we are saved to serve (Eph. 2:8-10). We are not to do to be forgiven, but we are forgiven to do.
    • “Ah! nothing to do! for the sinner that’s dead
    • Must needs have another to work in his stead;
    • And Jesus, in Calvary’s terrible hour,
    • Redemption accomplished in marvellous power.
                   *              *              *              *              
    • “Not a tittle of work till we’re saved from our sins,
    • For that’s just the point where true service begins
    • When the conscience is purged, and the heart is made glad,
    • And the spirit set free that aforetime was sad.”
  2. Separation is the forerunner of service. The command of Joshua is clear and cutting: “Put away the gods” (Josh 24:14, 23). The vessels which God uses must be clean (Isaiah 66:20), and all who are associated with His service (Isaiah 52:11). We also must put away the idols of the love of the world (1 John 2:15), the pride of the flesh (3 John 9), the worship of man (1 Cor. 1:12), the energy of human method for the Lord’s work (1 Cor. 2:13-14), the love of money (1 Tim. 6:10), the exclusive affection for earthly friends (Luke 14:26), and the applause of men (John 5:44). An idol is any object that comes in between us and the Lord, to the exclusion of Himself (1 John 5:21). The Lord cannot and will not use us in His service till we are wholly separated to Himself.
  3. Sincerity and truth are essentials in service (Josh 24:14). To serve the Lord “in sincerity and in truth” is to have two buttresses to the temple of our being, which give strength and beauty to it. There were two pillars to the Temple of Solomon, which were called Jachin and Boaz (1 Kings 7:21). The meaning of these names is suggestive. Jachin signifies “He will establish,” and Boaz means, “In Him is strength.” If we have in our character sincerity and truth, we shall have what these pillars signify, namely, strength of heart and life, and establishment of soul (Heb. 13:9), and shall thus be able to resist the onslaughts of evil and error, for we shall be like a house founded on a rock (Matt. 7:24).
  4. Singleness of aim the strength of service. The word of Joshua plays upon this one theme again and again-”Serve the Lord.” The Lord demands our absolute service. He will not permit us to divide our actions between Himself and someone else. “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord” (Col. 3:23); “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). “Do all” is the Divine call and claim. This reminds us that in our several relations we are privileged to serve the Lord, and that all we do we should do to Himself. The child in the home, in the school, and at play, the servant in the occupation, the mistress in the house, the master in the business, and the workman in the shop, are in their several duties to serve the Lord. How much better things would be done if in everything we did it as to, and for the Lord Himself!
  5. Supply the incentive to service. If the “therefore” of Josh 24:14 is pondered in its context, it will be seen that the reason why the Lord calls for the service is found in what He had given. “I have given you,” &c.; “therefore fear the Lord and serve Him.” The gracious love of God in giving Israel the good land which they did not deserve was the incentive which should compel them to give themselves in whole-hearted service to the Lord. In like manner God’s love to us should constrain us to love Him; His faithfulness to us should be the magnetic force to cause us to be faithful to Him. Christ’s death for us should be the moulding power to make us die to sin; and His life should be the elevator to lift us to the plain of walking as He walked.

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


Bible Search

Multiverse Retrieval

LexiConc Search

FAQ Search

Browse Dictionary Topics

Bible Reference

Encyclopedias / Dictionaries

Introductions to the Bible

Topical Indexes

Charts and Outlines


Maps / Images

Bible Commentaries

Text Commentaries

Audio & Video Commentaries

Theological Resources

Articles / Books

Women's Resources

Don Stewart

BLB Theological

Creeds, Catechisms, and Confessions





Digital Books

Mobile Apps for iPhone / iPad

Mobile blb.org

BLB Offline CDs

Free Web Tools


Email Devotional Sign-Up

BLB Daily Promises

Day by Day by Grace

Morning and Evening

Daily Bible Reading Plan


Video Tutorials


Theological Questions

Website Support

iApp Support

General Questions


Sowing Circle

Co-Laboring Ministries


About the BLB

Statement of Faith




Ministry FAQs


Donation Information

Contact the BLB

Hotjar - Unlimited insights from your web and mobile sites

BLB Institute

BLB Blog

Email Newsletters



Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding.

Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

©2017 Blue Letter Bible


Verse Tools Arrow

Email / username or password was incorrect!

Check your email for password retrieval

Enter Your
Email or Username




Why won't my login from the old site work?

Did you forget your password?

Register a new BLB account

Complete the form below to register  [?]

Error: That Email is already registered

Error: Please provide a valid Email

Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters

Error: Passwords do not match

Error: Please provide a valid first name

Error: That username is already taken

Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores

Enter Your EmailUsername

First Name


[ Cancel ]


Passwords should have at least 6 characters.
Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores.

Thank you for registering. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided.

Error: That Email / Username is not registered

Enter Your Email or Username


Return to Login

Close Login