Joshua: Covenant-Keeping God
Passage: Joshua 5:1-12 & various Scriptures
Pastor Ben Marshall
We have come from Joshua 3-4, where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River on dry ground and set up 12 stones, symbolizing the 12 tribes of Israel, as a reminder of what God had done. Today. in Joshua 5, we see another of God's promises coming true in the form of circumcision and Passover.
God commands and Joshua follows. The Israelites, according to Genesis 17:14, needed to be circumcised in order to be inside the covenant of God. However, Joshua reveals none of the Israelites in the wilderness, during their 40 years of wandering, had been circumcised. They were living outside of the promise of God!
Once they had all been circumcised, God told them: “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” They were no longer ridiculed because they were now back in the covenant promise of God and He protected and provided for them.
As we continue through Joshua 5, the focus turns to Passover. The Israelites celebrated Passover 40 years after the first Passover in the land of Egypt. The first signaled the exodus from Egypt, and this celebration signaled the entrance into the Promised Land.
What can we take away from this passage? I fear that some, maybe even many, of us don’t experience the full promise of God. Jesus says in John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. Are we living life abundantly? It doesn’t mean monetarily or with possessions—but are we living life abundantly in the promises of God?
I don't think we always live like we trust or believe in the promises of God.
Today the action point is this: live like God keeps His promises.
Here is just a small sampling of the promises of God for His people:
• God has promised to supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
• God has promised that His grace is enough in our struggles and weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
• God has promised to always provide the way of escape when temptation comes (1 Corinthians 10:13)
• God has promised that Jesus Christ paid with His blood the debt we could not, and righteousness is available only through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe (Romans 3:21-25)
• God has promised His Holy Spirit to intercede for His children and that all things work together for the good of those who are His (Romans 8:26-28)
• God has promised to forgive us our sins if we confess and repent from our sins (1 John 1:9)
• God has promised eternal life through Jesus Christ for all who believe (John 11:25-26)
What would be different in your life if you lived like God keeps His promises?