You may notice that I’ve changed the order of things a bit in the chapter summary list. I find myself reflecting and commenting at the beginning, so I thought it best to just change the order. Yes, I’m a bit OCD.
- Comments, commentary…
The Lord has lead these people out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, to Mount Sinai, in the wilderness and finally across the Jordan River and into the promised land.
On the eve of their conquest of the land, God has them pause for two reasons: circumcision and observance of the passover. At first when I read verse two, “At that time the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.’” my thought was, well, there’s a verse for ‘things that don’t make sense.’ But, reading further shows that these were males who, due to the wandering in the wilderness had not been circumcised.
So, this is their re-consecration to the Lord before they enter the land He has promised to them.
- Big Ideas
It’s time to re-dedicate themselves to the Lord as they pause and remember what He has done for them.
- Best Verses
9 And the Lord said to Joshua, “ Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.
15 And the commander of the Lord ‘s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
- Bottom–line application
It is always good to pause and remember what the Lord has done for us; how far He has brought us; and to re-dedicate ourselves to Him.
- Verses to memorize
- Things that don’t make sense
Although “circumcise the sons of Israel a second time” is explained, it remains puzzling for me that the males were uncircumcised and alive—remember, in Exodus 4, God was about to kill Moses because his son had not been circumcised. Certainly these men could have been circumcised along the way on the eighth day of their lives. God chose, for whatever reason, to be patient with Israel until this point.