Joshua 24:1-4 (JDV)
Joshua 24:1 Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem and summoned Israel’s elders, leaders, judges, and officers, and they presented themselves before God.
Joshua 24:2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what Yahveh, 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.
Joshua 24:3 But I took your father Abraham from the region beyond the Euphrates River, led him throughout the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants. I gave him Isaac,
Joshua 24:4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave the hill country of Seir to Esau as a possession. ” ‘Jacob and his sons, however, went down to Egypt.
The Lord, through Joshua, is giving his people a history lesson. History is important — especially the history of what God is doing for his people. Every move, every experience, every lesson learned — it is all God revealing himself to his people. The past matters, because God was there.