Archive for January 9th, 2012

Joshua 5

Joshua 5 continues to move us closer to the entrance into the Promised Land.  After all, they had been walking for 40 years to get to this point and had just crossed the Jordan on dry ground.  Now the kings of their enemies have heard of the crossing, and “their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them”.  They could see it was futile to resist God.  He had the ability to do things they couldn’t even dream about.  Never underestimate the God we serve.  He will do what it takes to fulfill His Word.

But rather than rush in and take over, God has Joshua pause to “circumcise the sons of Israel a second time”.  It isn’t really a second time, but “all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised” so it was time to take care of that before entering the Promised Land.  “It was their children….that Joshua circumcised….when the circumcising of the whole nation was finished, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed”.  So another minor slow down to the movement into the Promised Land.

Remember how this happened?  “The people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord”.  And now it is time to move in.  They were able to eat their first meal from the new land, “and the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land”.  Can you imagine – no more manna?  After 40 years of this as their diet, they are on to a new thing and beginning to experience the land flowing with milk and honey they had been traveling to get to.

Joshua sees a man with a drawn sword in his hand and approached to see who he is.  “I am the commander of the army of the Lord”.  That is good news – he is on their side.  So Joshua wants to see what his next move should be.  He is expecting some kind of commander instruction.  But he is told to “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy”.  No big plans or strategies yet.  Just get right with God – the holy and almighty that will win this battle for you.  I often wonder how much I miss of what God is telling me because I am on my own agenda and never even think that the first step might be to realize this is a holy place and a holy conversation.  Joshua gets things in the right way immediately.  Sometimes I think we fail to hear God or see Him at work because we don’t put Him in His rightful place in our lives.  You ever struggle with that?  Ever even think about it?

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