THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

Each day a devotion for one or two chapters is posted, beginning with chapter one of Genesis and going through chapter twenty-two of Revelation. You are free to print each page as it appears. If you miss a day, you may contact us and request that devotion. Please send your request, along with $.50 (p&h) for each page to:

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JOSHUA

CHAPTER 5

1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel. 2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.

I believe we have to read these two verses together in order to SEE what God is saying. God has caused a GREAT feat to come upon the inhabitants of the land. And now e tells Joshua to be sure that the men are circumcised!
Isn't that amazing? God has caused the great FEAR in order for the Israelites to have space and time to be circumcised.

3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins. 4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. 5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. 6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey. 7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way.

Joshua leads the people in the circumcision, and God is careful to tell us WHY. All the men who'd left Egypt were circumcised, but they died in the wilderness. No circumcision had been done for 40 years.

8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.

They were able to take a break and stay in that camp because of the FEAR God had placed on the people of the land. Sometimes God puts a STOP to the work we are doing until we are SANCTIFIED within!

9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

Surely Egypt had been saying that Jehovah could not fulfill His promise to carry them into the land. Because they had been gone now for 40 years, and still had not entered. But now God is "rolling away" the reproach. And that's what "Gilgal" means.

10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.

They had arrived just in time for circumcision, healing and observe Passover. It is particularly appropriate that these are the FIRST things they did after they had crossed Jordan and actually entered the land.
Circumcision is an act whereby man gives God total authority over his full self. The slave purchased out of the market place is now marked by the Master.
This is almost the same as our public confession of faith and baptism of today. These two are acts whereby man gives the full authority of self over to God. It is this act of SUBMISSION which must BEGIN a person's walk with God. And HE will eventually carry us to the real "promised land."
Passover is the celebration of God having displayed MERCY upon the families who had the blood on their doorposts. Before a person can participate in the wonderful things of God, he must be cleansed by the "blood of the Lamb" (See Romans 3:24, Hebrews 9:14).
SURRENDER is the only way to receive God's cleansing. And God's cleansing is the ONLY thing that makes us acceptable to Him.

Does it seem odd that the new general of Israel's armies would pause to take care of spiritual matters before going to battle? Is it appropriate that a general would put his army in a position of INABILITY when he is facing tremendous forces? Should he not first have made spears and swords?
This, I believe, shows how IMPORTANT it is to have our personal relationship with God right before we enter the maladies of the world and battle with the spirits of evil.

11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

God had fed them "manna" for 40 years. Now God stopped the manna. Now they were able to eat of the harvest which had been taken last year in the land.
God had caused such a great fear to come over the inhabitants that they all had fled their homes and moved into the surrounding cities. Thus their storage bins were left for Israel!

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

Joshua is looking out toward Jericho, probably envisioning what he shall do to battle this heavily fenced and armed city. While he is looking, he sees an awesom sight! There is a man with his sword drawn. Joshua wastes no time in going to find out WHO this is.
Now, what is really interesting is Joshua's response to the answer he received. When the man said "captain of the host of the Lord," Joshua fell on his face and worshipped Him. WHY?
You see, Joshua recognized this could be none other than the LORD HIMSELF! When we read Revelation 9:11-16 in conjunction with this, we realize that this "captain of the host of the Lord" is none other than JESUS CHRIST!!
Notice that the Lord told Joshua to do the same thing that "I AM" had told Moses on the backside of the desert (Exodus 3:5). He told him to take off his shoes because the place he was standing was "hallowed" ground. It is holy (hallowed) ground because God chose to make a special appearance there. It is holy because the visible image of the invisible God is shown there!
Oh! How we need to realize that our churches and even our homes are "hallowed ground!" Jesus has surely made His visage known there!

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