Bible Reading: Joshua 5

As a brief summary of sorts, the children of Israel have already crossed the Jordan river by this point. Upon hearing of this, the kings of the Amorites and the Canaanites’s hearts melted. The children of Israel are re-circumcised, as it was the generation before them who had been circumcised, but not the new generation. They then keep the Passover, partake of the produce of the land and stop eating manna. We finally see Joshua envisioning a man with a sword, establishing that this man is Captain of Jehovah’s army and enquiring of what he (Joshua) is to do. Interestingly, the man tells Joshua to remove his sandals, for he stands on holy ground – much akin to Moses and his encounter with the burning thornbush.

Anyway, here is verse 2 of Joshua 5, followed by a footnote regarding the word circumcise which I was enlightened by:

At that time Jehovah said to Joshua, Make knives of flint, and circumcise again the children of Israel a second time.

“The purpose of circumcision was to make God’s chosen people a new people for the inheriting of God’s promised land (cf. Gen. 17:7-12). The circumcising of the new Israel typifies the circumcision of Christ, by His death, applied to the believers in the putting off of the body of the flesh that they may inherit Christ in resurrection as the portion allotted to them by God (Col. 2:11-12; 1:12).
Spiritual circumcision is a continuation of the burial in the death of Christ. Through the crossing of the river Jordan, the old Israel was buried and a new Israel came forth. This was an objective work done by God. Israel still needed to apply this work to their flesh. Their being circumcised was their practical application of what God had done in the crossing of the river Jordan. In the New Testament spiritual circumcision is the constant application of Christ’s death to our flesh (Phil. 3:3; Col. 2:11 and notes). Although in fact we have been baptized into the death of Christ and have been buried and raised with Him (Rom. 6:3-4), in practicality we still must apply the circumcision of the cross to our flesh by the Spirit day by day (Rom. 8:13; Gal. 5:24). This is the reality and practicality of remaining in the death and burial of Christ.”
Footnotes 2 of notes in Galatians 5:24 and footnote 2 in Romans 8:13 are also noteworthy.

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Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:1-3

The whole commandment which I am commanding you today, you shall keep and do, so that you may live and multiply, and enter and possess the land which Jehovah swore to your fathers. And you shall remember all the way that Jehovah your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness in order to humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. And He humbled you and let you go hungry and fed you the manna, which you had never known nor your fathers had ever known, so that He might make you know that man lives not by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out from the mouth of Jehovah.

Scripture: Genesis 17:1

And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, Jehovah appeared to Abram and said to him, I am the All-sufficient God; Walk before Me, and be perfect.

Footnote 3 says “Here, to walk before God is to walk in His presence, constantly enjoying Him and His all-sufficient supply. To be perfect is to have God added to us as the element and factor of perfection. Practically, it means that we do not rely on the strength of the flesh but trust in God as the all-sufficient Mighty One for our life and our work.”

Wonderful! I like how this relates to this week’s HWFMR on the vision of the self — we don’t rely or depend on our self, and we don’t remain independent of God. But in actuality, we walk in his presence and are perfect (Matthew 5:48) by the addition of God into us, who is the element and factor of perfection; He is perfect and makes us perfect! Hallelujah 😀 (and of course, He is the all sufficient One who can supply us regardless of our need~)

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:27-31

27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world that He might shame those who are wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world that He might shame the things that are strong,

28 And the lowborn things of the world and the despised things God has chosen, things which are not, that He might bring to nought the things which are,

29 So that no flesh may boast before God.

30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

31 That as it is written, “He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.”

We may be people who are foolish, who are weak, or who are lowborn. Yet God has chosen us to be in Him, to reveal Himself in us (Galatians 1:5-16). Our boast thus isn’t in ourselves, but in the very God who dwells in us! This excellent One becomes the wisdom to us who are foolish: He is righteous (in restoring our deadened spirit), sanctifying (in cleansing and transforming our mind, emotion and will) and redemptive (in transfiguring and glorifying our body) to join us to Himself (1 Corinthians 6:17).

Hallelujah! My boast is not in myself but in the Lord who lives in me, my all to be ♪