Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 20, 2015

Seek Christ “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Today’s devotion comes from Joshua Chapter 5.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+5&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“4 This is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, died in the wilderness along the way after they came out of Egypt.  5 For all the people who came out were circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness along the way as they came out of Egypt had not been circumcised.  6 For the sons of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, that is, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished because they did not listen to the voice of the Lord, to whom the Lord had sworn that He would not let them see the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.  7 Their children whom He raised up in their place, Joshua circumcised;  for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them along the way.

8 Now when they had finished circumcising all the nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed.  9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.”  So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day. 10 While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho.  11 On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.  12 The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.

13 Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”  14 He said, “No;  rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.”  And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”  15 The captain of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.”  And Joshua did so.”  Joshua 5:4-15.

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It is interesting in today’s Scripture that when Israel arrived in the Promised Land that circumcision started up again, Passover continued, and manna stopped.  What is this new Promised Land? 

It is holy land.  “The captain of the Lord’s host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.”  And Joshua did so.”  Verse 15.

Was all the Promised Land holy?  Or, was just the city of Gilgal holy?  Or was literally just the place where Joshua was standing holy? 

We have questions.  Joshua had questions:  “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” Verse 13.  “What has my lord to say to his servant?”  Verse 14.  And, Joshua likely wanted to know more about this “captain of the host of the Lord”.  Verse 14.

But, questions are good.  They motivate us to seek the kingdom of God.  They motivate us to seek Christ.

Circumcision, manna, and Passover were only “a copy and shadow of the heavenly things” using the language of Hebrews 8:5.

Christ is our circumcision, “and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;”  Colossians 2:11.

Christ is our manna.  “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;  he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”  John 6:35.

Christ is our Passover.  “Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”  1 Corinthians 5:7.

Seek Christ “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Colossians 2:3.


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