How have we connected with God in his Word this week?

How have we followed what he’s told us?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel. 2 At that time the LORD said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.” 3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth. 4 And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way after they had come out of Egypt. 5 Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised. 6 For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD; the LORD swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the LORD had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. 7 So it was their children, whom he raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised. For they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way. 8 When the circumcising of the whole nation was finished, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed. 9 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.

10 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. 11 And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before 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?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Recall from Sunday:

As the LORD rolls away the reproach of our past (5:1-9) and redeems us to fulfill his promises for our future (5:10-12), we submit to the One who leads us by His presence (5:13-15).

Reflect:

What are the most significant notes you took during the sermon?

What did you learn about God and his plans for us from the Bible passage?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

With the Canaanites ripe for conquest, it seems an odd move for God to make his people more vulnerable through circumcision (5:1-9), but God had some business to do with his people’s checkered past before he could lead them forward. What baggage have you inherited from your family that you need God to unload and roll away? Has Christ brought freedom from your past? What did that process of finding freedom look like for you?

Moving from manna to ground grown grain must have been quite the transition for Israel (5:10-12), but God was starting a new chapter for his people. How well do you do at accepting the kinds of provision God provides? Do you ever struggle with wishing God would care for you in a different way? How do you see God’s hand in the mundane ways your regular needs are met?

Joshua expects the armed combatant he encounters to be either an ally or an enemy (5:13-15). But God doesn’t pick sides. We have to choose whether or not we are on his side. How much time and prayer do you spend trying to get God to do what you want him to? How much energy do you spend trying to get yourself on God’s side?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

Option 1: Maybe there’s a sin you need to confess so that it can be forgiven and rolled away, or a shame that you need freedom from. Connect with a member or two of your group that you trust who can walk with you through repentance and restoration this week.

Option 2: Commit to praying prayers of gratitude this week even for mundane works of provision from God.

Option 3: Share areas God may be convicting you of trying to get him on your side. Surrender to his will and way by prayer together.

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