Joshua 5* The Canaanites are afraid, Circumcision renewed. (1-9) Thepassover at Gilgal The manna ceases. (10-12) The Captain of theLord's host appears to Joshua. (13-15)1-9 How dreadful is their case, who see the wrath of Godadvancing towards them, without being able to turn it aside, orescape it! Such will be the horrible situation of the wicked;nor can words express the anguish of their feelings, or thegreatness of their terror. Oh that they would now take warning,and before it be too late, flee for refuge to lay hold upon thathope set before them in the gospel! God impressed these fears onthe Canaanites, and dispirited them. This gave a short rest tothe Israelites, and circumcision rolled away the reproach ofEgypt. They were hereby owned to be the free-born children ofGod, having the seal of the covenant. When God glorifies himselfin perfecting the salvation of his people, he not only silencesall enemies, but rolls back their reproaches upon themselves. 10-12 A solemn passover was kept, at the time appointed by thelaw, in the plains of Jericho, in defiance of the Canaanitesround about them. It was a performance of the promise, that whenthey went up to keep the feasts, their land should be under thespecial protection of the Divine providence, #Ex 34:24|. Noticeis taken of the ceasing of the manna as soon as they had eatenthe old corn of the land. For as it came just when they needed,so it continued as long as they needed it. This teaches us notto expect supplies by miracles, when they may be had in a commonway. The word and ordinances of God are spiritual manna, withwhich God nourishes his people in this wilderness. Though oftenforfeited, yet they are continued while we are here; but when wecome to the heavenly Canaan, this manna will cease, for we shallno longer need it. 13-15 We read not of any appearance of God's glory to Joshuatill now. There appeared to him one as a man to be noticed. ThisMan was the Son of God, the eternal Word. Joshua gave him Divinehonours: he received them, which a created angel would not havedone, and he is called Jehovah, chap. #6:2|. To Abraham heappeared as a traveller; to Joshua as a man of war. Christ willbe to his people what their faith needs. Christ had his sworddrawn, which encouraged Joshua to carry on the war with vigour.Christ's sword drawn in his hand, denotes how ready he is forthe defence and salvation of his people. His sword turns everyway. Joshua will know whether he is a friend or a foe. The causebetween the Israelites and Canaanites, between Christ andBeelzebub, will not admit of any man's refusing to take one partor the other, as he may do in worldly contests. Joshua's inquiryshows an earnest desire to know the will of Christ, and acheerful readiness and resolution to do it. All true Christiansmust fight under Christ's banner, and they will conquer by hispresence and assistance.
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