Y'hoshua (Joshua) Chapter 5

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Hay – breath; Spirit of G-d.

Y’hoshua 5:1 Now it came about when all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Yarden (Jordan) to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard how the L-RD had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the sons of Israel until they had crossed, that their hearts melted, and there was no spirit in them any longer, because of the sons of Israel.

Israel’s enemies were terrified. Who wouldn’t be? How could you fight against a nation that was backed by G-d?

In our own lives we face many obstacles. We are in a spiritual battle that will continue throughout our lives.

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

As believers in Yeshua, we need to constantly remind ourselves of our position in Messiah. Like Israel we have a defeated enemy. Ha Satan and his minions will try to discourage us. They will try to defeat us the plans we carry our for Yeshua.

Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore, take up the full armor of G-d, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of G-d.

Y’hoshua 5:2-5 At that time the L-RD said to Y’hoshua (Joshua), "Make for yourself flint knives and circumcise again the sons of Israel the second time." So Joshua made himself flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Giv’at Ha’Aralot (Gibeath-haaraloth). And this is the reason why Y’hoshua circumcised them: all the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, died in the wilderness along the way, after they came out of Egypt. For all the people who came out were circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness along the way as they came out of Egypt had not been circumcised.

Giv’at Ha’Aralot – means “the hill of the foreskins”.

Circumcision of the flesh would not save them from death in the wilderness. Circumcision of the flesh does not save us from spiritual death. Only circumcision of the heart will bring eternal life. It comes to those who follow Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit) and are born again with a new nature by trusting in Yeshua. Only the renewing of your heart toward Him can save you from eternal darkness and separation from HaShem. (Deuteronomy 30:6, Jeremiah. 4:4; 31:33;Hebrews 10:16)

Romans 2:28-29 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from G-d.

Y’hoshua 5:6 For the sons of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, that is, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished because they did not listen to the voice of the L-RD, to whom the L-RD had sworn that He would not let them see the land which the L-RD had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

They would not listen to or believe HaShem and consequently they missed out on the Promised Land. Today as in the past many do not want to listen and believe in the Son and will not enter His rest.

Matthew 13:15 For the heart of this people has become dull, And with their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes Lest they should see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I should heal them.'

Hebrews 3:15-19 while it is said, "Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me." For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Y’hoshua 5:7-8 And their children whom He raised up in their place, Y’hoshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them along the way. Now it came about when they had finished circumcising all the nation, that they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed.

Circumcision was used by Israel as a means of identifying themselves with G-d. They needed to be right with G-d before under taking the task that was set before them.

Y’hoshua 5:9 Then the L-RD said to Y’hoshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.

Gilgal – means rolling Gilgal was about 2 miles north east of Yericho (Jericho).

Y’hoshua 5:10-12 While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal, they observed the Pesach (Passover) on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Yericho (Jericho). And on the day after the Pesach, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. And the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.

This is ONLY the third time Pesach had been celebrated. It was first observed in Egypt when the angel of death passed over the homes with the blood applied to the doorpost. The second time it was observed was at Mt Sinai a year later. Now 39 years had passed and Israel once again had remembers their deliverance from slavery.

Manna ceased – all of those years G-d faithfully provided for Israel’s needs.

Y’hoshua 5:13-15 Now it came about when Y’hoshua was by Yericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and look, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Y’hoshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?" 14 And he said, "No, rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the L-RD." And Y’hoshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, "What has my lord to say to his servant?" And the captain of the L-rd's host said to Y’hoshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Y’hoshua did so.

This was no ordinary man. This was no ordinary angel. No man or angel would have said you are standing on Holy ground. The last time we heard this command it was given to Moshe when he stood before the burning bush. He too was told to remove his sandals because he was on holy ground.

There is no question that Moshe was in the presence of HaShem. Moshe spoke to Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).

The captain of the L-rd’s Host is none other than the Son of G-d. Yeshua HaMashiach.

Hebrews 1:1-8 In the past G-d spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of G-d's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did G-d ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"? And again, when G-d brings his firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all G-d's angels worship him." In speaking of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire." But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O G-d, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.

Y’hoshua bowed down to the Son of G-d, the Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach. His throne will last forever and ever. He should also be King of our lives now and not just during the kingdom age! He is Holy and Y’hoshua took off his sandals in His presence.

Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Yeshua is L-rd!

Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore also G-d highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of (things) in heaven and (things) on earth and (things) under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Yeshua HaMashiach is L-rd, to the glory of G-d the Father.

G-d is also still ONE!

Deut 6:4 "Hear, O Israel! The L-RD is our G-d, the L-RD is one!

James 2:19 You believe that G-d is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.