At the beginning of this section of scripture, Joshua has taken the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the promised land. They are about to attack Jericho, the first city to be conquered. Before they can though, God has the men of the nation circumcised. These men, born during the wilderness wandering, were not circumcised like their fathers. It is now that all the old reproach, the reproach of Egypt, has been rolled away from them. Their old sins are forgotten. The crossing over the Jordan is representative of the nation of Israel being born a new nation. The nation then takes and celebrates the Passover with food of the new land they are in.
In this we have a picture of the sinner coming to believing faith in Jesus Christ. As we come into a new life, being born-again, we are marked by the Holy Spirit like Israel was marked by circumcision. It is then that the Lord casts off and rolls away our old reproach, the reproach of the world, the reproach of sin. We take part in His Passover, in His death and resurrection as the sacrificial Lamb who takes away our sin.
John 1:29 (NKJV) — 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Jesus takes away our reproach just like He took away Israel’s reproach. After this, something just as remarkable happens to Israel.
Joshua 5:13–15 (NKJV) — 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.
We must understand, wherever the Angel of the Lord stands is holy ground. The only Holy ground we find in the Bible is with the Angel of the Lord. The Angel of the Lord is worshipped and called Lord and speaks in the first person as God. The Angel of the Lord is God incarnate. He is God the Son in person.
After we are born-again and brought into the body of Christ, into a promised life with Him, He then becomes our protector. He then is the Commander of the Lord’s Army in our lives and leads us into a life with him and a life of victory. Because we are His, we are blessed. If we let him lead the battles, we can’t be conquered.
David, the great conquerer understood well where his victory came from.
Psalm 121:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Do you look to let the Lord lead the victory or do you try to take it yourself?
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Judges 3-5
- Day 2 – Judges 6-7
- Day 3 – Judges 8-9
- Day 4 – Judges 10-12
- Day 5 – Judges 13-15
- Day 6 – Judges 16-18
- Day 7 – Judges 19-21
In His Service, Scott