The Bible tells us that a good while after the nation of Israel had been at rest, Joshua called everyone together at Shechem. Joshua reminded them of God’s relationship with their family from Abraham to Isaac and then Jacob and then under Moses and Aaron. He concludes by reviewing the events under his own leadership. He reminds the people of all the Lord has done for them and cautions them that he will die soon and challenges them to continue serving the Lord. He reminds them that God is holy and His standards are high, but the people commit to following the Lord. As a memorial of this they write down their commitment and the laws that they are to follow. They then set up a large stone as a reminder of their commitment.
Joshua did die not long after. We are told that he was 110 years old and they buried him on his own land that he had worked so long to inherit. The book of Joshua concludes with information on the burial of Joseph (on his father’s land at Shecham) and the death and burial of the high priest Eleazar, who was buried on his son’s land. Chapter 24 tells us that the people of Israel did keep their commitment to follow God throughout Joshua’s life and the lifetimes of the elders that had served with Joshua. Unfortunately the commitment did not continue much longer.
Explain to your child what a contract is. As a family develop a list of family rules, (or write a copy of the 10 commandments) and as a family commit to keeping these rules. Have each person sign them (or make their mark if they are little!) and display it somewhere as a reminder of your commitment to a godly life.