The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; read Josh 5;

  

God provided the food to the Israelites from the land of Canaan after they celebrated the Passover at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho. And the manna was ceased after they have eaten it for forty full years on their journey in the desert;

  • What could we observe the way God decided to rain down Manna for His people? See also Ex 16:11-15  
    11  The LORD said to Moses,
    12  “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'”
    13  That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
    14  When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.
    15  When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.
  • What could we observe the way God promised to provide for His people? See also Ps 34:9-10  Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
  • What could we learn about God from the way He rained down Manna for forty years until the day they ate food from the land? See also 2 Tim 2:13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about His provision of your own need?
  • How do you want to respond to His faithfulness?

While camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover: read Josh 5;

The Israelites celebrated the Passover after they recovered from circumcision at the plains of Jericho. They reaffirmed their faith in the lamb of God/ coming savior, which their God has promised. God wanted to make sure of their alliance with Him as they enter the land of Canaan;

  • What could we observe the way God has commanded the Israelites to celebrate the Passover at the long before? See also Ex 12:25-27 25  When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.
    26  And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’
    27  then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.
  • What could we observe the way God asked them to do as they celebrate the Passover? See also 1 Cor 5:7-8  Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
  • What could we learn about God’s expectation from the way He warned about our relationship with the people in the world? See also 2 Cor 6:17-18  “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your consecration?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you might preserve your identity as His child?

So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised: read Josh 5;

Joshua had to raise a whole new generation who were born in the desert and uncircumcised to replace their fathers and to inherit the promised land. One of the musts he had to do was to circumcise the whole nation and let them go through the recovery. Do we also need to see a new generation of His people with their hearts get circumcised?

  • What could we observe the true meaning of circumcision that still applies to us as His people? See also Deut 30:6 The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
  • What could we observe the importance of circumcision from the way Joshua circumcise them before the upcoming war? Gen 17:14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
  • What does God say His people need to go through to prepare for His campaign/war against His enemy?  See also Rom 12:1-2  Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • What does the Lord say to you about your circumcision  & recovery of the heart that you might see yourself prepared for His work?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you may appear prepared for His work?

The Israelites had moved about in the desert forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died: read Josh 5;

Though God has promised that He would give the Israelites the land of Canaan, which was flowing with milk and honey, He expected them to obey His command. But since they have disobeyed God except Caleb and JoshuaGod has led them to wander around the desert for forty years and every one of military age had died out on the desert;

  • What could we observe the way God had promised the land of Canaan to the Israelites?  See also Gen 13:14-16
    14  The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.
    15  All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.
    16  I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.
  • What could we observe the way God has warned such a disobedient generation about the promised inheritance? See also Num 14:21-24
    21  Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth,
    22  not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times–
    23  not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.
    24  But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.
  • What is God’s warning for His people about their attitude for His covenant/promise? See also 2 Cor 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about one of His promise your need to obey?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you might go back to obey Him?

At that time, the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” Read Josh 5;

Circumcision was a covenant God made with the Israelites as His people in the promised land He swore them to give as their inheritance. But men who have been circumcised in Egypt before they leave were all dead, except Joshua and Caleb. God is asking them to get circumcised as His people according to the covenant between Him and them as His people;

  • What could we observe the way God has made a distinction for His people through circumcision? See also Gen 17:10-11 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.
  • What could we observe the meaning of the circumcision God gave for His people? See also Heb 9:24 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
  • What does circumcision mean to us as the sign of His people? See also  Rom 3:28-29  A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your circumcision of the heart?
  • How do you want to respond to His word?

All the Amorite kings and all the Canaanite kings heard how the LORD had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites, their hearts melted and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites: read Josh 5;

What God has done for the Israelites at the Jordan has been known to all those kings of the surrounding areas. They must have realized  ‘Who the God of Israel is’ and ‘What’s going to happen to them as the Israelites move forward toward their territories. They  have lost their courage to face or fight against the Israelites;

  • What could we observe the way God works in their heart as the news of God’s work spread? See also Hab 3:1 LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
  • What could we observe the impact of the news in their heart? See also Josh 2:11  When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
  • What does God want us to impact the world around us? See also Phil 2:14-16  Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your impact on the people around you?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you might also impact on the people around?  

A Memorial for the descendants of the Children of Israel: read your journal over the week/Josh 4;

The Lord God was not in a hurry as He guides the Israelites crossing the Jordan, but had them to set up a memorial for the upcoming generation after them. He wanted those children of them to remember ‘What God has done for them.’ Read your journal over the week/ or Josh 4, and see ’What the Lord has spoken to you over the week’ and also ‘How you’ve responded to His voice’;

  • What has the Lord spoken to you about your Jordan river He has helped you to cross over?
  • What has the Lord spoken to you about something you should never forget?
  • What has the Lord spoken to you about something you need to pass on to your children?
  • What has the Lord spoken to you about your memorial for your family?
  • What s an application you want to carry out in life?

About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war: read Josh 4;

God of Isreal was there when they were crossing the Jordan over to the plains of Jericho for war against the people of Canaan. For, it was not their war, but God’s. And it would not be that they fight against their enemies, but God would fight against His enemies for them;

  • What could we observe the covenant of God about the way He would go out to war with them? See also Deut 20:1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.
  • What could we observe the way God involved Himself in their war against their enemy? See also Ex 14:24-25 During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt.”
  • What is God saying to His people who are facing the danger in front of their enemy? See also Isa 41:10-41  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.
  • What is God saying to you about your war He is getting involved Himself and fighting for you?
  • What do you want to do about it?

You should tell your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’: read Josh 4;

God didn’t want to have the generations of His people to forget about ‘Who’ God is by forgetting ‘What He has done’ for themselves. For they will think that they have done by their own hands whatever happened to them. Do we remember what the Lord has done for us and tell the people around, including our children?

  •  What could we observe about the warning of the Lord to His people? See also Deut 8:12-15 12  Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
    13  and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,
    14  then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
    15  He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.
  • What could we observe God’s expectation from His people concerning their work with their children? See also Deut 6:5-7  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
  • What is the Lord commanding the leaders of Christian churches to major on in their homes? See also 1 Tim 3:4-5 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
     (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)
  • What is the Lord saying to you about your work at home?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice that you might continue to prosper in the Lord?

That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel: and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses: read Josh 4;

The Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they revered him for the rest of his life. For, they saw God’s presence with him just as they saw God in Moses’ life. Do people see God in our life that they will also revere us as well?

  • What could we observe God doing for the leader He appointed? See also Josh 1:5-6  No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.
  • What could we observe the feedback of the people as they saw what God was doing? See also Josh 1:16-17  Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses.
  • What is the Lord speaking to His followers about the way people would treat them?  See also Jn 15:20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
  • What is the Lord saying that you need to do that person would revere your leadership as well?
  • How do you want to respond to His voice?