In our walk with God, it is good to return to the
basics and be reminded of who we are and what God has
done. This is what we have in the fifth chapter of
In this passage, three main events are presented
1. The procedure (Joshua 5:2-3)
The procedure was circumcision. It was a sign: the
people belonged to God and they were marked for
blessing (Genesis 17:11). It had a spiritual meaning:
moral renewal and the new birth
2. The passover (Joshua 5:10)
Its purpose was to remember (Ex 12:24, 27). It was a
celebration for a redeemed community (Ex 12: 43-44).
3. The provision (Joshua 5:12)
They ate of old corn of the land. Ordinary provision
is an evidence of God's care. Look for the miraculous
and you may forget the wonder of the ordinary.
In these events, God's people are being reminded:
1. Reminded of their identity
They are the Lord's people by election. They are His
by redemption (a blood bought people). The giants
cannot overcome us.
2. Reminded of their community
The people of God came together to partake of the
passover. We are not fighting battles alone. We are a
company of God's people. Israel defeated giants
3. Reminded of their responsibility
They are reminded to walk by faith. Those who came
out of Egypt had the sign but no substance. You might
think you stand but take head that you do not fall.
4. Reminded of their opportunity
God says: Walk with me and I will take care of you.
Far too often, the people of God look too far down
the line. Do what is right and leave the consequences
with God. Our opportunity is to walk with God and
watch him take care of us. Our encouragement is that
the God of heaven is our God.