Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Joshua 5:9-12 (NIV)
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.
On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.
Joshua 5:9-12 (MSG)
God said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt.” That’s why the place is called The Gilgal. It’s still called that. The People of Israel continued to camp at The Gilgal. They celebrated the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the plains of Jericho. Right away, the day after the Passover, they started eating the produce of that country, unraised bread and roasted grain. And then no more manna; the manna stopped. As soon as they started eating food grown in the land, there was no more manna for the People of Israel. That year they ate from the crops of Canaan.
“Then the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach (derision, ridicule) of Egypt from you.” So the name of that place is called Gilgal (rolling) to this day. While the Israelites camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho. On the day after Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened bread, and roasted grain. And the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the Israelites no longer had manna, but they ate some of the produce of the land of Canaan during that year.” -AMPLIFIED
This new generation of Israel has now been circumcised and taken a few days to heal up. Now they are ready for the next step; that was to be the celebration of the Passover. This was significant, because their journey had begun with the first Passover. This was the time when the people had marked their doorposts with the blood from a perfect lamb, in order to identify themselves as children of the Most High God. With the marking of the doorposts that Angel of Death passed over their home.
The meaning behind the Passover goes much deeper than just the passing of the Angel of Death on the night way back in Egypt. It was, in fact, a foreshadowing of what Jesus Christ would do for all of mankind. He would be that perfect lamb that was slain. His sacrifice made it possible for Every-man to receive forgiveness of sin if they would but ask Him to. Repentance itself was a very important part of Passover.
This Passover was to be celebrated right there on the plains looking right toward Jericho. This solemn occasion was to be memorialized right in the view of the Enemy; almost an act of defiance. As if to say, “Look what the Lord has done for us.” In fact, we find God saying to Joshua, “On this day I have rolled away from you the shame of Egypt.” -(VOICE)
Let us notice what happens next within the story, “The next day they ate some produce of the land, roasted grain, and flatbread. Beginning after that Passover, the Israelites were no longer fed with manna, as they were in the desert. From the day they ate from the new land, the manna ceased. From then on they ate only the crops of the land of Canaan.” -(VOICE)
God had provided exactly what they needed for sustenance for forty years. Now they have arrived at their new home and God’s provision of manna stops; for they were now going to live off of the land. The manna had lasted for as long as they had need of it, but the need was gone and it was time for them to live off the promise that God had given them. That year the people ate from the produce from the land of Canaan.
We now find, within His-story, an important encounter between Joshua and the captain of the Army of the Lord. Joshua chapter 5 concludes with this crucial rendezvous: “Now when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his drawn sword in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I have come now as captain of the army of the Lord.” Then Joshua fell with his face toward the earth and bowed down, and said to him, “What does my lord have to say to his servant?” The captain of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy (set apart to the Lord).” And Joshua did so.” -Joshua 5:13-15 (AMP)
Finally, at this time Joshua has a personal encounter with a representative from the Lord, his God. The commander of the Lord’s army stood before him and Joshua’s response to who this personage represented was just as it needed to be, “What orders does my Master have for his servant?” (MSG) In other words, “Here I am; what would you have me to do.” -Tonia’s Translation
We find the this ambassador of God telling Joshua to do exactly what had been asked of Moses with his encounter with the burning bush; “Remove your shoes.” This place and this time were to be holy. This was to be Joshua’s burning bush encounter, his divine appointment, his personal calling to be set apart. And we find Joshua obediently doing as he was commanded to do. Now he was ready to lead the people into the Promised Land in order to claim it for their own.
You, oh Lord, are my Passover Lamb. You paid the price that I could not pay. You made it possible for me to not only repent, but to receive forgiveness. Lord, remind me of whose I am; that I belong to you. Remind me also of the fact that you will take care of every need that I have.