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The Book of Joshua Chapter 5-6 (4 of 15)
Read vs 1
Again, bear in mind that this is what the Lord said He
would do to the other nations. He would put His fear
in them and the nations would be in fear and terror of
Israel. Exodus 23:27-28, Joshua 24:11-12. Rahab's
testimony in Joshua chapter 2:9-11 (read). The land
was full of the enemies of God and of Israel. The land
was theirs for the taking and if they trusted God and
would follow His ways and believe what He told them
concerning the enemies of the land, the land would be
delivered into the hand of Israel. The kings of the
Canaanites were terrified and their hearts were
without strength and they were in despair.
Read vss 2-7
The passages are pretty self explanatory. The first
generation that came out of Egypt, disobeyed God and
did not circumcise their sons as God commanded. Their
parents were indifferent and rebellious against the
Lord and they refused to obey God in this area of
circumcision. What then was the purpose of
circumcision? Circumcision was the sign of the badge
of their covenant with God as His people. Hygiene is
not the issue here as much as circumcision represented
a sign of God's covenant relationship with His people.
However, in Genesis 17, the foreskin removal was a
sign of the covenant and not the covenant itself. God
wanted their hearts to be circumcised, not just their
foreskins. Deut 10:12-16, 30:5-6, Jeremiah 4:3-4. That
entire first generation of males had circumcised
foreskins and rebellious hearts and died in the
wilderness because of it.
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.
So Joshua obeyed God and circumcised the men of war
and they all stayed in the camp until they were all
9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I
rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.
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