“Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt …” (v6). Joshua reviewed Israel’s history (v1-13): clearly God had chosen Abraham, gave him undeserved promises, and led his descendants through the centuries until they possessed their own land. The Israelites had done very little except follow (sometimes reluctantly), yet God’s grace was abundant. He gave them cities they “had not built” (v13) and protection on every side. Now, said Joshua, “choose this day whom you will serve” (v15).
“It is the Lord our God who brought us … out of the house of slavery” (v17). We choose to believe, follow and obey God because He has poured out grace. He loved us first, and we respond in faith.