Joshua concludes with all the Israelite people settling into their new territories and homes where they are to serve the Lord and follow His commandments.
This chapter begins with Joshua sending away the two and a half tribes that had asked back in Numbers to stay on some land on the other side of the Jordan. As soon as they get there, they decide to build an altar to God and there’s a bit of an altercation involved. The rest of the Israelites think that it is a replacement for the tabernacle but are assured, upon confrontation, that it is meant as a symbol. They want to ensure that everyone on both sides of the Jordan remembers that both are from Israel and not to deny them access to the tabernacle when they come down the road. I like the foresight, it probably would happen.
The rest of the tribes go to their new homes. Joshua knows he’s dying soon and wants to remind everyone of what they must do. He reminds them what God had done for them already, how He had promised it well before He did it, and the other promises that God has given them. Specifically, he wants them to remember that when they turn their backs on God and start to worship other gods, He will turn his back on them too.
This chapter closes out the book. Joshua renews the covenant between God and the people of Israel, has them promise again not to serve other gods or to betray God, wars them what will happen if they don’t keep their word.
In the last few verses, Joshua passes on, at 110 years old. It is also included that Eleazer passed in the coming years but that the people of Israel were faithful during their two lifetimes, and that Joseph is finally laid to rest, after they took his body out of Egypt, in the land his father had bought.