Pocket Sized Thoughts – Joshua – Part 9

This day, I have rolled away the reproach [shame] …” (5:9)

Change is never easy. The manna that they had eaten for so long finally stopped as they began a different diet of the fruit of the land of Canaan. To ease the change, circumcision was performed on all the men who had been born during the wilderness years. It was the first act after entering the land. The old life of the flesh was being completely rolled away, such is the meaning of Gilgal. The legacy of the past, by circumcision, was being removed. Unfettered by the mistakes of the past generation, they were now free to move forward. We are now the circumcision who worship God in the Spirit and have no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3). They were in a new land, a new experience as the old had been cut away. All these events wonderfully teach us of the power of a new life in Christ. All the shame of the past has been erased. The second act upon entering the land was to keep the feast of the Passover. The death of the lamb signified not just coming out of Egypt but entering the new promised land of Canaan. All this is possible for us because of the wonderful death of Christ.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you, that in Christ, You erase all the shame of the past.”