Joshua was given the task of taking some “first responders” into the new land which God had promised their forefathers. Leading a new generation would take a new dedication as well as discipline. We see this in chapter five of the Book of Joshua.


Through Joshua’s leadership, God brought the people across the Jordan River as the priests bore the Ark of God ahead of the people of God about 2000 cubits ahead of them. Why the distance out front? They had never been this way before. And God was taking the lead. From that distance they probably did not see which particular priests were bearing the Ark…But they, no doubt, could see the golden crowned chest with the spread winged cherubim covering it.

 What’s the point? If you are going to crossover into your land of inheritance it is because you’ve learned to follow leaders who are lifting King Jesus higher than He’s ever been lifted before in this final hour first responder(“first fruit”) army. (See James 1:18). He said, “If I be lifted up I’ll draw all men unto Me”(John 12:32). We must recognize that “In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority”(Colossians 2:9, 10 NIV).

He is the Head of the Body.


Apart from the distance to see which way to go, the young men who had grown up in the wilderness needed a stop-over at a place they named Gilgal. These young military men had not yet been circumcised. Apart from putting themselves in a vulnerable position there was the need to consecrate themselves in covenant condition. They had not entered into the covenant which God had made with their patriarch, father Abraham. Thus they could not represent the family of God before their enemies.

Gilgal was the place where “God rolled away their reproach”. Circumcision was a personal sign between these men and God as they represented their tribe and family. It was a sign that they were the LORD’s.  Thus God removed the reproach of Egypt (& Egypt’s mentality in the wilderness!).

A carnal mindset produces death. The nature of the flesh is to oppose the will of God and therefore cannot please Him (See Romans 8:1-2; Romans 12:2).


Deliverance from death must never to be forgotten. Life in Jesus our Lamb must be celebrated!(See 2 Corinthians 5:7). Never forget the value of the Cross, the price of our redemption was the Blood (the life of the innocent for the guilty)of the Lamb. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God”(1 Peter 1:18-21 NIV).

This Passover was celebrated on the other side of the Jordan. They did it not to BE delivered but because they HAD BEEN delivered from the power of the enemy. “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14, 15 NIV)

They were to take time to remember and celebrate together what was done for them(personally & as a family). The words of Yeshua, “Do this in remembrance of Me”(1 Corinthians 11:24-25).


 This new venture of faith brought new experience for these first responders.  God’s people tasted of the old grain of the new land. And from that day the manna ceased that had sustained them in their wilderness wanderings(Joshua 5:11-12).

What was the lesson of this new experience in the land?   They were no longer to live on a “survival” diet. The wilderness was testing ground. They , learned to live daily (saving for the double portion on the 6th day) from God’s hand to their mouth. God had tested their hearts and taught them the new economy of faith, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”(Deuteronomy 8:3).

God’s people must look in faith for the “new grain” of His Word. The apostle Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ”(Romans 10:17 NIV).  Jesus, our Messiah, is the Spirit-Word we are to feed upon daily. The prophet Isaiah declared, “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed” (Isaiah 50:4 NIV).

He gives those who are “First Responders” words from His Word that both sustain and cause our souls to grow up in Him in all things in every way.


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