The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn what they Israelites did first once they got to the promise land and of Joshua meeting the leader of God’s armies.
The Israelites are circumcised after the cross the Jordan (Jos 5:1-9)
An outside show of righteousness will not save us from wrath if our insides are not transformed.
The Israelites were now on the Canaan side of the Jordan and the kings of the Amorites and Canaanites were filled with despair on hearing of the miraculous way that God has gotten them there. The first thing that God told Joshua to do was to circumcise all the men who had been born while Israel had been wandering in the wilderness. Even though all the men who had left Egypt had been circumcised, none of those who had been born in the wilderness were. After the circumcision, Israel remained where they were until they had recovered. God said that He had now taken away the shame of slavery that was on them.
In Genesis 17 as a sign of the covenant between Himself and Abraham, God instructed Abraham to have all the men in his household circumcised. Part of the covenant was that Abraham’s descendants would possess all of Canaan. Abraham’s end of the Convent is stated in Genesis 17:1 where God says, “…I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” Circumcision was to be the outward show of the holiness of Abraham’s descendants. Even though all the men that left Egypt were circumcised, they did not see the promise land because they did not believe in God. Even though they had signs of the covenant on the outside, they had not part in it on the inside.
What effect has the word of God had on you? Are you clean on the outside but not on the inside?
The Israelites keep the Passover in the promise land for the first time (Jos 5:10-12)
Eternal life is the goal and everything else from God is to get us there.
Israel kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of that month while they were at Gilgal and on the fifteenth day, they ate unleavened cakes and parched grain from the land. Manna stopped appearing after they had eaten the produce of the land of Canaan and it never appear again. Manna stopped appearing after they had eaten the produce of the land of Canaan and it never appear again.
Over 40 years in the wilderness God has sustained the Israelites with manna but as soon as they were in the promise land it stopped. I believe that this was because the wilderness experience was to be a temporary one. They place the God had prepared for them was in the promise land. In John 14:2-3 Jesus Christ said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” After our salvation, the earthly experience is to be a temporary one.It is because of this that we are told to hate our life in John 12:25. While we are here we will experience many blessing but we should not become so used to this life that we forget about eternity.
How have you come to rely on temporary graces rather than go into the full rest that God provides?
Joshua meets the leader of the heavenly armies of God (Jos 5:13-15)
Jesus Christ is our master and we are His willing slaves.
Joshua saw a man with a drawn sword in his hand and Joshua asked him whether he was on Israel’s side or their enemies’ side. The man said neither. Rather he was chief of the heavenly armies of God. Joshua worshiped him and asked for instructions. The man told Joshua to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground and Joshua did so.
In several epistles, Paul starts by calling himself a servant of Christ and when we pray we always refer to Christ as lord. This passage reminds me that the word ‘lord’ is Christ’s title and not His name. He is our lord and us His servants and this should be displayed in how we live and how we pray. Are we still pursuing our owe desires rather than the glory of our lord? We can not approach God as our personal genie who does whatever we want. When praying, Jesus instructs us in Matthew 6:9-10 to start with, “…Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.”
How does it show in your life that Jesus Christ is lord over you?