The First Day Without Manna

Joshua 5:7-6:1

Synopsis     Joshua 5:7-6:1     4/15/2018

God told Joshua to call the place of circumcision “Gilgal”.

While the Israelites camped at Gilgal, they celebrated the first Passover. The next day, the manna ceased after 40 years and the people began eating from the produce of the land.

Joshua had a strange encounter with “one who was facing him, drawn sword in hand”.  The commander of the army of the Lord identified himself and told Joshua to remove his sandals because the ground in that place was holy.

The First Day Without Manna

It was probably exciting for the Israelites; The first Passover celebration followed by the end of the manna. The Israelites now had to eat from the produce of the  land. It was the harvest, so there was plenty to eat.

I’m trying to imagine a generation of 40 years-old people who had basically never eaten anything but manna their entire lives. Some of the Israelites, born in the exodus and who never experienced slavery in Egypt, were already old enough to be grandparents. The trust for God’s provision was suddenly different. No more collecting the daily quota of manna. More effort was necessary.

The Israelites were now required to work fields and manage their food supply for themselves. More effort indeed, but greater variety and satisfaction. A growing up of sorts.

God was now providing the children of Israel according to the promise.

Growing Up in Christ

There is an inexplicable joy when a new child comes into a family. Whether it’s a child born to natural parents or whether it’s a new Christian who enters into community, new life is filled with the anticipation of what might be.

As wonderful as that is, encountering someone who has grown deeply into their potential – someone who has matured and who is satisfied with their life – is consoling. Invariably maturity like this comes as a result of challenges met and difficulties overcome.

As I look out the window I notice it’s a dreary day. Persevere.         

“But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties are trained by practice to discern good and evil.” Heb 5:14

April 15, 2018

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