Joshua 24:2-3 NIV
2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants…
“Indeed, to read verses 2-13 is to be overwhelmed by statements of God’s action on Israel’s behalf: ‘I took,’ ‘I gave,’ ‘I sent,’ ‘I brought out,’ ‘I handed over,’ ‘I rescued,’ ‘I gave.’ This emphasis on the Lord’s initiative in forming Israel provides the foundation for the larger argument that it would be foolish to worship other gods, since this God is completely responsible for Israel’s existence. Verses 2-13 provide a powerful prelude to the charge that follows, ‘[C]hoose this day whom you will serve’ (v. 15).” – Jerome F. D. Creach (Joshua: Interpretation Commentary)
God’s retelling of Israel’s (and our own!) history in Joshua 24:2 begins, “Long ago…” As Ephesians 1:4 puts it in wonderfully familiar terms to us, “before the creation of the world.” Today, we can respond in worship, obedience and praise to God who has rescued us out of darkness, into the kingdom of the Son he loves (Col. 1:12-14)!
Let’s give thanks in prayer today by praying, “Father, thank you for including me in your family from before the creation of the world! In Jesus’ name, Amen.“
Let’s close by singing, “Forevermore” by Jesus Culture (click here).