December 26, 2017

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Reading along with us in Joshua? Here’s today’s reading:

Joshua 5 (ESV)

As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lordhad dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.

At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth. And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way after they had come out of Egypt. Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised. For 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; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. So it was their children, whom he raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised. For they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.....Continue Reading

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  1. 11And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land

  2. Ouch! But preparation and sanctification are important. It is one thing to talk about the miracles God performs and it is another thing to talk about the vessels He uses to perform them. They need to be purified. Circumcision is an Old testament picture of our death to sin and our need to reckon ourselves dead. And how neat it would have been to celebrate the first Passover in the promised land! God fulfilling His promise to Abraham was part of the point of the Passover so be experiencing the promise would have been cool.

    And isn’t it interesting the answer of the commander of the Lord’s army. Neither. Almost to say I am on the side of those who listen and obey, those who seek me and follow. Not just because of your nationality…interesting….

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