Joshua 5-8

Chapter 5.  Now that the Israelites are on the other side of the Jordan they are told to be circumcised.  I found it puzzling that for 40 years the Israelites did not do this,  however, now they are in enemy territory and they are told to do this.  Here are some of my random thoughts:

  • This must be done to celebrate in the Passover
  • When they are in Canaan, they must have the “sign” of the Abrahamic Covenant (if you jumped in late, message me and I will explain) so they are set apart
  • This is a true act of faith!  They will be vulnerable for days.  If they truly trust that God will protect them on that Land then,  they will do it!
  • The city is named after Gibeath Haaraloth “hill of the foreskin”.  Have mercy!

The Israelites celebrated the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened bread to commemorate their exodus from Egypt out of slavery.  On this day the Lord stopped providing manna.  To be transparent I totally forgot about the manna until I read this.  From here forward they will now eat from the land.

Jericho- Let’s start with some visuals for my new friend Crystal:



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Israel’s army had no siege engines, no battering rams, no catapults, and no moving towers like in Game of Thrones 😋 . Their only weapons were slings, arrows, and spears—which were like straws against the walls of Jericho.  While Joshua was approaching the city walls,  a “man” was standing there with a message from the Lord. I am looking for help on this.  Is this an Angel with a message from the Lord or an incarnate figure of the Lord?  Please let me know your thoughts.

Either way, this manifestation of this experience is humbling and Joshua takes off his sandals in reverence.

The instructions to prepare for battle are given:

  • march around the city with armed men.  The priests will carry their trumpets in front of the Ark.
  • Do this for 6 days
  • On the 7th day, something will be different (look at verse 6:5): a long blast!

Go back to Numbers 10:“The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. 10 Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.”

So if anyone wants to stay in their pajamas all day I could keep writing about the trumpets…We can talk about the Feast of Trumpets…let me put it to you this way…if you hear a loud trumpet sound, and people disappear, but you are still here…panic!  The Feast of Trumpets will occur at the Rapture.  Also, there will be 7 trumpet blasts in Revelation.  Oh my stars…can you imagine how great this read-through is going to be when we get to Revelation…STAY WITH IT!   Ok, Ok…back to Joshua!

The trumpets blasted and the men shouted and the Walls Collapsed.  By the way, archeologist have proven that the walls fell forward! Completely corroborating that the Lord won this battle.

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Rahab and her family are ushered out just as promised

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Chapter 6 ends with a warning “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city.” Have you ever heard of Ahab?  NO?  What about his wife Jezebel?   Guess who refortified the city??

Chapter 7- Achan’s sin- As the Israelites defeated Jericho,  Joshua said in 6:18

But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it.

Joshua, after giving the Israelites this warning sent out only 3,000 warriors to take Ai.  After all, it was small potatoes compared to Jericho.  What Joshua did not know was Achan would bring destruction to the Israelites through his sin.

I am going to leave this story application between you and God.  I am sure He spoke to you about something in your life you have hidden that He sees.

Chapter 8- Ai (pronounced  “aye  eye” just like the 2 letters)

The Lord sets the Israelites out now to defeat the city of Ai in an ambush attack.  I picture Joshua using X’s and O’s like a football play, drawing it in the sand.

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This time they are given the command to take the plunder.  Jericho was to be destroyed but this city will be used as provisions for the Israelites.  Ai in Hebrew means “Ruin”, and that is exactly what happens to this city (to this day).  If you look at Bible maps you will usually see it with a question mark because it was destroyed and cannot be found to this day.

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The Israelites return to where the Blessings and Curses were read near Gilgal and read the commandments again.  They made an altar to the Lord and at this time were following the Law.

11 thoughts on “Joshua 5-8

  1. My study Bible compares The appearance of the commander of the Lords army to the burning bush with Moses which would makes the commander a manifestation of God. Which makes sense because of the command to remove his sandals due to holy ground.

    I love these chapters (I’ll prob say that every day) and how Gods plans to defeat the great city of Jericho made absolutely no sense and yet that was the point. If it made sense then man could try to take credit when they won. This way only God could get credit and the glory due Him.

    So many times His instructions may not make sense yet they are perfect for our situations if we will just trust and obey

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  2. I think it was a manifestation of God..because of the remove your sandals being on holy ground statement.
    Here is a trivia question for the day..We just read about the 2nd time the people passed on dry ground because, the Lord held back the waters. How many times in the Bible does this happen?

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      1. Yes..feel free to research..and before I did another chronology study at my church I thought the same thing..once the Red Sea!


  3. Thanks so much for staring to include kids..I think that was timely..we just read about doing things that were not done or taught by the older generation while
    they were wondering in the wilderness. It only takes 1 generation for things to be lost!!..what a reminder for the day!

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  4. The direct Hebrew to English translation I’ve got in an interlinear Bible is: “No, for I now come as the Commander of the army of Jehovah…….. And the commander of the army of Jehovah said to Joshua….”

    And then I’ve got a KJV apologetics Bible that says: “Nay, but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come…. And the captain of the Lords host said unto Joshua…”
    The commentary for this one says: unseen by the Israelites, there was a host of angels accompanying them as they prepared to fight the canaanites.

    Idk… I kind of like the idea of one dude. But then again why would you send the commander of the army without the army? Idk. Lol

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  5. Thank you very much for the Jericho wall visual. That helps to give greater understanding and appreciation of how much of a big deal it was for the walls to come down!

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  6. HI! When you said the walls fell forward, does that mean from the inside out they fell or from the outside in? I got confused on that one! Thanks!


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