The scene opens with God literally setting the stage for what is to come. News of the Israel crossing the Jordan spread quickly and it took the life out of their potential oppostion. It strikes me that this is important since the Israelites were about to be circumcised and needed a safe place to heal and recover. Basically, like shutting the lions’ mouths for Daniel, God put fear in the hearts of the Amorites and the Canaanites and they stayed back.
God is speaking regularly with Joshua about each step he should take in leading these people. I wonder exactly how that happened? There are a multitude of very specific details for Joshua to follow…and without a notepad to keep track. It reminds me we have a great responsibility to each other to know what we are supposed to be about. (Am I listening… and taking notes?)
Joshua met no opposition. The men willingly complied so as to set apart and consecrated to the Lord’s use. After the cutting away came healing. Specifically “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt for you.” (The concecrating prayer I am practicing promises me the same…a daily place to be set free.)
It was fitting to celebrate the Passover for so many reasons…God’s provision of escape to be remembered, the 12 stones sitting in front of them, the manna from heaven still their bread, their healing and deliverance fresh before them.
And the next day…bam…”I am doing a new thing, can you not see it?”
God – provider, protector, deliverer, healer!
Yielding to the Spirit leads to new Grace.
About the World?
There will be a day when every heart will melt and every knee will bow.