Y’hoshua and the Commander

Once the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, Y’hoshua was told to circumcise the nation’s men. The warriors who had come out of Egypt had been circumcised, but all boys born in the wilderness had not been circumcised while traveling. Now these boys were the new generation of fighting men and needed to be circumcised before entering the Land.

As I read this section from the prophets, I again saw the Hand of Elohim in this week’s portion as timely. Isn’t He always just on time? As the modern nation of Isra’el prepared this week for Pesach, they were put into a ‘lockdown’ much like the Pesach in Egypt. It is in this week’s reading in Y’hoshua that the ‘new’ nation of warriors were circumcised before the nation celebrated Pesach. Could it be that Elohim is preparing a new nation of warriors?

“Adonai said to Y’hoshua, “Today I have rolled off from you the stigma of Egypt.” This is why the place has been called Gilgal [rolling] ever since.  The people of Isra’el camped at Gilgal, and they observed Pesach on the fourteenth day of the month, there on the plains of Yericho. The day after Pesach they ate what the land produced, matzah and roasted ears of grain that day.  The following day, after they had eaten food produced in the land, the man ended. From then on the people of Isra’el no longer had man; instead, that year, they ate the produce of the land of Kena‘an” (Joshua 5:8-12).

Once the nation was ‘circumcised,’ Elohim says the disgrace of their lives in Egypt had been ‘rolled off.’ This means it was behind them. They had to now look forward to what would be required of them as a new generation of fighting men. In this historic time, the circumcision was of the flesh, but Sha’ul teaches that ‘circumcision’ must also be of the heart or its purpose is not able to be fulfilled – to be true praisers of Elohim, to be Y’hudah.

“For the real Jew is not merely Jewish outwardly: true circumcision is not only external and physical. On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God” (Romans 2:28-29).

With this perspective, it is highly important to be praying for the nation of Isra’el, that with this Pesach, many Jewish hearts worldwide would be circumcised to know Yeshua in the ‘appointed time.’ Why?

The following verses state that after the nation celebrated Pesach, one day while Y’hoshua was standing by Jericho, he saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Y’hoshua was intrigued and asked, “Are you on our side or on the side of our enemies?”

“No,” he replied, “but I am the commander of Adonai’s army; I have come just now. Y’hoshua fell down with his face to the ground and worshipped him, then asked, “What does my lord have to say to his servant?” The commander of Adonai’s army answered Y’hoshua, “Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy.” And Y’hoshua did so” (Joshua 5:14-15).

Once Isra’el had celebrated the memorial to their deliverance from Egypt and began to eat the fruit of the Land, the ‘bread from heaven’ stopped, but the Bread from Heaven appeared. The next part of their journey would not be in the wilderness, but in the Land of Promise. Just like his predecessor, Moshe, Y’hoshua stood on holy ground and removed his sandals and worshipped Elohim. With instructions given directly from Yesua, the Commander of Elohim’s army, Y’hoshua was commissioned to lead the new nation into war against the pagan nations around in order to take control of the land promised to Avraham.

In these last days, and perhaps even revelations of the end times, have we had our hearts circumcised? Have we become part of the nation of Isra’el through Pesach, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits? Are we prepared to be warriors in the army of Yeshua for the next phase of ‘taking back the Promised Land’ when the nations of the world rejoiced only weeks ago when it would be divided?

The final verse in the reading is Joshua 6:1, that says “Yericho had completely barricaded its gates against the people of Isra’el — no one left, and no one entered.” It seems that today we are all in the city of Jericho quarantined and no one can come and go. Many nations in the world continue to hate Isra’el and the Jewish people. The physical battle for Jericho consisted of walking around the city seven times and blowing shofars until the walls fell down, but it was also a very spiritual battle for releasing the city from a spiritual stronghold.

In these days of pestilence, evil, and rumors of wars, we wait for Yeshua, the commander in chief of Elohim’s armies to give the battle cry, to have his messengers blow their shofars to release this world, Babylon, from its physical and spiritual strongholds. We must remain faithful in our walk around the city, not within it, until the great and final shofar blast brings down Babylon and births the Kingdom of Messiah. Then like Y’hoshua and the Israelites before us, we take back the Land of Promise.

We are definitely in the days of Pesach and Unleavened Bread. Do you have a circumcised heart? Are you being prepared as a warrior? If so, are you ready to battle in Yeshua’s army for the sake of His people, Isra’el?

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