Sketches of Sermons
And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve…
I. THE ACT OF CHOICE.
1. Our choice should be Divine in its object. We should choose the Lord for our God.
2. Our choice should be rational in its character. Let us wisely consider what we are doing.
3. Our choice should be decisive in its nature.
4. Our choice should be practical in its operations. Having chosen God, serve Him —
II. THE PERIOD OF CHOICE.
1. We should make our choice this day, because of the criminal neglect of which we have been guilty.
2. From a view of the shortness and uncertainty of our time.
3. Because the present is the only time when God has promised the aid of His Spirit.
4. Because the difficulty of choosing will increase in proportion to our neglect of it.
III. THE MOTIVES FOR CHOICE.
1. The capacity which we have for choice is a reason for its exercise. God gives nothing in vain.
2. The perilous state in which we are without this choice is another motive.
3. The happiness that results from our choosing God should prompt us to comply with the requisition in the text. He who has chosen God is in a state of safety and tranquillity.
(Sketches of Sermons.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
WEB: If it seems evil to you to serve Yahweh, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh."