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For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 8:18-23

 

 Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the javelin that was in his hand toward the city.

 And the men in the ambush rose quickly out of their place, and as soon as he had stretched out his hand, they ran and entered the city and captured it. And they hurried to set the city on fire.

 So when the men of Ai looked back, behold, the smoke of the city went up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that, for the people who fled to the wilderness turned back against the pursuers.

 And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had captured the city, and that the smoke of the city went up, then they turned back and struck down the men of Ai.

 And the others came out from the city against them, so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side. And Israel struck them down, until there was left none that survived or escaped.

 But the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him near to Joshua.

 

God required an action of Joshua. “point the spear…” in one translation, “stretch the javelin…” in another. We are also give a command. Jesus says, “Let your light so shine…” When we obey as Joshua did the battle is given to us by the Lord. As He told Joshua, “I will give it into your hand…”. So Jesus tells us “…He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father…” We are overcomers in our personal battles and in the battle for mankind. This is possible because first we have received; secondly because we obey His command and trust in Him doing what He commands.

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July 27, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where is our trust?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 8:9-17

 

 So Joshua sent them out. And they went to the place of ambush and lay between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai, but Joshua spent that night among the people.

 Joshua arose early in the morning and mustered the people and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai.

 And all the fighting men who were with him went up and drew near before the city and encamped on the north side of Ai, with a ravine between them and Ai.

He took about 5,000 men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city.

So they stationed the forces, the main encampment that was north of the city and its rear guard west of the city. But Joshua spent that night in the valley.

And as soon as the king of Ai saw this, he and all his people, the men of the city, hurried and went out early to the appointed place toward the Arabah to meet Israel in battle. But he did not know that there was an ambush against him behind the city.

And Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten before them and fled in the direction of the wilderness.

So all the people who were in the city were called together to pursue them, and as they pursued Joshua they were drawn away from the city.

 Not a man was left in Ai or Bethel who did not go out after Israel. They left the city open and pursued Israel.

 

Sometimes we are so confident in our own abilities and in what we see that we too are guilty of ‘leaving the city open.’ We are susceptible to being led by what we see. God wants us to be led by Him; by the Holy Spirit which requires faith – believing in something you don’t see. The people of ‘Ai were not led by God’s Spirit but Israel was. How hard it must have been to overcome the natural fear of an enemy who had just tromped you and instead put your trust in God when you thought He, God, had left you. This is what Israel did. So we have one group trusting only in what they can see and in their own achievements running after a group trusting in God. At first glance it looks like they, Ai, are winning again. But they have left the city wide open.

 

We can practice the awareness of God’s presence; also an awareness of the lack of God’s leading. When we step over into self-confidence rather than God-confidence we are treading in the wrong direction and asking for defeat. We can practice moving in faith based upon God’s Word. This often is not as comfortable as relying on our own abilities. But by His Word we can be sure that placing our faith in Him will give us the victory and give God the glory. Praise be to the name of Jesus!

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July 26, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do according to the Word of the Lord.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 8:1-8

 

 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land.

And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it.”

 So Joshua and all the fighting men arose to go up to Ai. And Joshua chose 30,000 mighty men of valor and sent them out by night.

And he commanded them, “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you remain ready.

 And I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out against us just as before, we shall flee before them.

 And they will come out after us, until we have drawn them away from the city. For they will say, ‘They are fleeing from us, just as before.’ So we will flee before them.

 Then you shall rise up from the ambush and seize the city, for the LORD your God will give it into your hand.

 And as soon as you have taken the city, you shall set the city on fire. You shall do according to the word of the LORD. See, I have commanded you.”

 

A new set of orders is given along with assurance that this time God would be with them. They were to return to Ai and do what they attempted the first time. This time they were fresh and clean. It is interesting to note that they are given permission this time to take from the spoils. These are those who obeyed the first time. We can expect the same. The Biblical principle is when you give you receive. When you lose your life, give it up for His sake you gain life. Have we noticed that God’s ways are often opposite to our manner of thinking. This only makes a stronger case for the necessity to be in the Word, know God; who He is and what He does.

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July 25, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Actions have consequences…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 7:16-26

 

So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was taken.

 And he brought near the clans of Judah, and the clan of the Zerahites was taken. And he brought near the clan of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was taken.

 And he brought near his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the LORD God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”

And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did:

 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath.

 And they took them out of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel. And they laid them down before the LORD.

 And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor.

 And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.

 And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the LORD turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor.

 

 

Consequences follow actions. God’s people were told beforehand there would be consequences yet one of them allowed greed and covetousness to overrule God’s commands and warnings. Temptation was given a foothold and disobedience became a stronghold. Achan’s actions caused the death of fellow Israelites in battle as well as his own family and his own life. He chose to keep and lost. Jesus said, If you lose your life, you will find it. If you gain the whole world and lose your soul…Achan chose to gain and lost.

 

[Mar 8:35-36 ESV] 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

 

When sin shows up by the way of the Holy Spirit’s revelation, we do well to rid ourselves of it, all of it. When temptation comes to disobey it is good to remember Achan. The beauty of the robe and gold was buried in dirt. Let that sink in. … What draws us often seems harmless enough, has beauty and allure. If we must hide it, we must question our motives, our rightness. There is a principle here – we may gain only to lose. Another principle is that we reap what we sow; consequences follow actions. Jesus provides forgiveness and the opportunity for reconciliation but often there are still consequences of our actions that harm ourselves and those around us.

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July 24, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A little leaven…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 7:11b-15

 

they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings.

 Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.

 Get up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the LORD, God of Israel, “There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.”

 In the morning therefore you shall be brought near by your tribes. And the tribe that the LORD takes by lot shall come near by clans. And the clan that the LORD takes shall come near by households. And the household that the LORD takes shall come near man by man.

 And he who is taken with the devoted things shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he has done an outrageous thing in Israel.’”

King James Version states:

“… and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put [it] even among their own stuff….”

 

‘…the accursed thing…’, ‘the devoted things’, ‘what is meant for destruction’ all different translations that simply let us know the command God gave before they went into Jericho was not kept by all of them. Someone had disobeyed the command. We would classify this as sin. Scripture states that the wages of sin is death. We know that death comes to life, to relationships, to jobs, etc. In this case it caused the death of thirty-six men in battle, the death of the fear held by those Israel would come against, the death of victory, for God no longer led them. We can get in the way of God; we can hinder what He means to accomplish through us.

When the Holy Spirit has shown us what needs to be removed from our lives and we don’t remove all of it, we too bear the consequences. Yeast grows and you only have to begin with a little bit. Jesus said a little leaven leavens the whole lump.

[Mat 13:33 KJV] 33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

 

We can hide what we hold on to but we can’t hide the consequences. It is worth noting the perpetrator was from Judah – the ones who were charged with leading the people. We can and should judge – not to pass sentence – but to determine if we will follow the leadership. In the New Testament we find, first from Jesus, these words of warning:

 

[Luk 12:1-2 ESV] 1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

 

Then later instructions to the new churches:

 

[1Co 5:6-8 ESV] 6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 

 

[Gal 5:7-10 ESV] 7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is.

 

 

One man in Israel caused the death of others and the loss of the battle. That tells us to be sure we are following the commands of God as given; not as they may be twisted or manipulated. Later on Saul, king of Israel did the same and blamed it on the people. He said he wanted to use the animals for a sacrifice to God. Samuel reminded him that God desires obedience. Saul was stripped of his crown, his life and the life of his son. Jesus says, in follow-up to talking of leaven, Pharisees and hypocrisy, to fear the One who can destroy the soul:

[Luk 12:3-5 ESV] 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!

 

Who are we to fear? God Almighty. Him only shall we serve…

 

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July 23, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Search me O God…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 7:1-11a

 

 But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel.

 Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out Ai.

 And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.”

So about three thousand men went up there from the people. And they fled before the men of Ai,

 and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put dust on their heads.

 And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord GOD, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan!

 O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies!

 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?”

 The LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face?

 Israel has sinned;

 

When God says ‘give all’ we do well to do just that. One man’s disobedience brought death to thirty-six of his people in a battle that cost Israel their confidence and pride. We cannot play around with the sin that the Spirit of God has shown to us with the prompt to rid ourselves of it. When judgment comes we should then look to our own ways to see what we have held back.

Joshua did not know what Achen had done; he believed all of Israel had obeyed God’s commands. His first impulse was to question God. How often do we do the same? We say God allowed this to happen, or God must have a lesson in this for us… Joshua knew God; he mentored under Moses and yet he fell to the same place we all tend to in questioning God why He didn’t fight for us. Better to ask God, what have we done? Or what have we not done? Forget the cop-outs of “God allowed this to happen for a reason” – sure did and the reason may be in our own disobedience.

It is good to ask; why do we always assume God let stuff happen before we do a thorough searching of our own state. Let us say with the psalmist; “Search me O God and know my thoughts I pray, see if there be a wicked way in me.”

 

[Psalm139:23-24 KJV] 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

 

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July 22, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Completing the orders given…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 6:20-27

 

 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.

 Then they devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.

 But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.”

 So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel.

 And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.

 But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the LORD be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho. “At the cost of his firstborn shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.”

 So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.

 

God made the way into the city. He went before and as the people obeyed Him He was faithful to give them the city. They went in and did as they were instructed and the Word of what God had done spread ahead of them everywhere. This is a promise to us for it is a picture of who God is and what He does. We have strongholds in our lives that He reveals to us, He ‘takes us to them;’ He opens the way for us to completely remove those strongholds from our life and our self. As we submit to Him completely, He gives us the victory over these strongholds. We do well to remember to obey completely – giving it all up, not holding any thing back. We do well to also remember the curse given for those who go back into strongholds that were destroyed. God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

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July 21, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , | 1 Comment

God’s work…God’s glory…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 6:11-19

 

 So he caused the ark of the LORD to circle the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.

 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.

 And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets blew continually.

 And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.

 On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.

 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city.

 And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the LORD for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.

 But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it.

 But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD.”

 

The people of Israel are warned that God’s wrath comes upon the whole company for the error committed by one. We can bring God’s displeasure upon our whole group of fellowship if one of us does something contrary to God’s command. This side of God is not often presented. We have salvation; but we can still be subject to God’s discipline. God’s people had His assurance of victory; but they were warned of consequences for disobedience. With the release to shout! victory! came a serious warning. We have victory but that does not make us untouchable…It is so very important to be alert and aware; to the words and actions of those we affiliate ourselves with and our own words and actions. God’s people’s’ victory shout was tempered with a reminder that we are to follow God’s command and give Him the glory. Premature shouting would have been an open door to self-glorification and gloating. We must avoid taking credit for what God has done.

 

The temptation to keep what was not theirs would also have been great for a people wandering the past 40 years in the wilderness. They would want the ‘spoils’ of the victory. However, this victory was God’s not theirs and the perceived ‘spoils’ were God’s not theirs. They were to do with the ‘spoils’ what God required of them. When we are given the victory over a battle in our lives, the ‘spoils’ like the victory belong to God. We need to be sure we are following all of God’s commands. Taking credit for any victory would be to usurp the glory due God.

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July 20, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marching orders…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 6:1-10

 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in.

 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor.

 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.

 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”

 So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.”

 And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.”

 And just as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the LORD went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the LORD following them.

 The armed men were walking before the priests who were blowing the trumpets, and the rear guard was walking after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually.

 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.”

 

The people of Israel heard the Word of the Lord and they obeyed. They heard it in detail. What stands out is not being permitted to shout. It would have been hard to be involved in all this excitement and then be told not to shout. There are times we are not permitted to shout, for the work is not ours it is the Lord’s. We shout out of exuberance and sense of pride and accomplishment. They were going to see the Lord fight their battle before them; then they would be released to engage. Self-control and obedience in submission to God is required of us.

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July 19, 2014 Posted by | bible study, Encouragement from the Word, The Word in our lives | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Stamp of Unbelief Rolls Away…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 5:8-15

 

 When the circumcising of the whole nation was finished, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed.

 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.

 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho.

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

 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?”

 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?”

 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.

 

Joshua recognized the authority behind this one with the drawn sword. With no hesitation, he gave way, respect and honor. Then he asked for what the message was – expecting one. Joshua was Moses’ assistant and knew from his mentoring and the time spent with him in his service to God, who this was. This is evidence of a close relationship between Joshua and God. We too have that made possible to us. Read and meditate on John 17, the prayer of Jesus.

Jesus prays, among other things,

 

[Jhn 17:20-21 KJV] 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

 

He prays that we also be one with Him and the Father. We can have our ‘Gilgal’ where the stigma of Egypt rolls off us. Egypt a type of the unbelieving world with man’s ideologies, philosophies and ways. We bear the stamp of Egypt until we come to the cross and that stamp rolls off us. Gilgal means rolling and that way of living rolls off of us and is replaced with His ways. When we answer the call to follow, leaving all, we are ‘circumcised’ of the heart and the stamp of mankind’s manners. We become a new creature,

[2Co 5:17 KJV] 17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

God’s ways are ours, we have access to His thoughts for the Holy Spirit lives in us, working through us. There is a renewing of the mind to that place of close communion with God.

 

[Rom 12:2 KJV] 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

We know His voice and follow His ways.

 

[Jhn 10:4 KJV] 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

 

He goes before us, we follow and evidence follows us giving proof to the new creature we have become.

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