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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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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