Post your questions, comments, or impressions of Joshua chapter 5 here.
PC (Pastor Chris)
What an application for obedience in that the Israelites would've had an easier time battling the "demoralized" (5:1) Canaanite and Amorite armies immediately after crossing the Jordan, but they stopped to get their lives right before God. Healing from a circumcision may have taken a week or more, giving the armies of the land a cance to prepare defenses right?
What an application for obedience in that the Israelites would've had an easier time battling the "demoralized" (5:1) Canaanite and Amorite armies immediately after crossing the Jordan, but they stopped to get their lives right before God. Healing from a circumcision may have taken a week or more, giving the armies of the land a chance to prepare defenses right?
5:2 At that time the Lord told Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites once again.” 5:3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites on the Hill of the Foreskins. 5:4 This is why Joshua had to circumcise them: All the men old enough to fight when they left Egypt died on the journey through the desert after they left Egypt. 5:5 Now all the men who left were circumcised, but all the sons born on the journey through the desert after they left Egypt were uncircumcised. 5:6 Indeed, for forty years the Israelites traveled through the desert until all the men old enough to fight when they left Egypt, the ones who had disobeyed the Lord, died off. For the Lord had sworn a solemn oath to them that he would not let them see the land he had sworn on oath to give them, a land rich in milk and honey. 5:7 He replaced them with their sons, whom Joshua circumcised. They were uncircumcised; their fathers had not circumcised them along the way. 5:8 When all the men had been circumcised, they stayed there in the camp until they had healed. 5:9 The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have taken away the disgrace of Egypt from you.” So that place is called Gilgal even to this day.
Kadie and I were discussing this while we were on our trip. God's punishment of 40 years in the desert was so merciful. I mean he could have stamped them all out and left their children to raise themselves. Instead he gave them 40 years (some of them) to continue to raise their kids to adults. And yet... did they teach them to obey God? Did they make sure they obeyed the sign of the covenant? Nope. How many mercies do we know, that were designed to make obedience possible for us, yet we do not obey?
5:12 The manna stopped appearing the day they ate some of the produce of the land; the Israelites never ate manna again.
Compare Exodus 3:5 to this passage
5:13 When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him holding a drawn sword. Joshua approached him and asked him, “Are you on our side or allied with our enemies?” 5:14 He answered, “Truly I am the commander of the Lord’s army. Now I have arrived!” Joshua bowed down with his face to the ground and asked, “What does my master want to say to his servant?” 5:15 The commander of the Lord’s army answered Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you stand is holy.” Joshua did so.
Who is this commander?
Depending on your translation, Joshua asks him are you one of us or one of our enemies... his answer? No. Neither. I am neither one of you, nor your enemy. That is a clue to his identity.
Joshua's response is another clue.
Who was it that spoke to Moses this way in Exodus 3:5? Another clue as to who this commander could be.
Psalm 80 - more clues
Still unsure? Check out this one...
Revelation 19:11 Then I saw heaven opened and here came a white horse! The one riding it was called “Faithful” and “True,” and with justice he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery flame and there are many diadem crowns on his head. He has a name written that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped in blood, and he is called the Word of God. 19:14 The armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, were following him on white horses.19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod, and he stomps the winepress of the furious wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Does anyone know why they used flint knives to circumcise the Israelites?
In my study bible for verses 14-15 it says Christians are always trying to marshal God's support/allegiance for their cause when we should just submit to His leading.
Flint is most likely obsidian (volcanic glass) which when knapped (term used for chipping an edge) properly the cutting edge is 1 molecule wide! Really sharp! Less healing with a better incision. Obsidian knives were used often in rituals in Near Eastern cultures. As a purifying ritual, it may have been called out by God that way as a tool not made by human hands. Prohibitions for using man made tools for building alters are in view here. Hope that answers your question. I know I'm a few days behind ?