- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Joshua 5
Ceremony at Gilgal
Gilgal is the east side of Jericho, where the Israelites camped after they crossed the Jordan river. There the Lord commanded them to do two ceremonies as preparation to fight against Jericho.
Circumcision — The new generation of the Israelites were born during the journey in the wilderness for forty years. God commanded Joshua to circumcise them. Circumcision was a visible sign of the covenant of God, and a means of admission into full membership in the community. God wanted them to renew their covenantal relationship which gave them their identity.
Taking off sandal — Joshua was encountered by a commander of the army of the Lord who asked him to take off his sandals. A sandal in the desert was an important tool to protect the body from hot and rough soil. Taking off sandal is a symbol of disarming any protection, security, control, but instead submit only to the army of the Lord. This was an event of encountering God, recalling the same event for Moses in Exodus 3:4-5.
The journey in the wilderness for forty years ended when manna stopped and the Israelite began to eat of the produce of the promised land.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?