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God does not “wing-it”. He plans for every detail. The Israelites had been out of Egypt for 40 years. Because of their stubbornness and inability to throw off their slave mentality, they lived as wanderers. They did not resemble the free people that God liberated. Now, as they finally camped in the promised land, God made final preparations. He struck the enemies’ hearts with fear, reaffirmed his covenant with the people and he gave notice that they were going to look to their land to produce their sustenance.
All the kings of the land heard about the crossing of the Jordan on dry land. They must have thought, “The legend of the Red Sea was true?!!” To the man, each leader knew they could not compete with a God that could command nature at his will. From that point, they had no stomach for meeting this free people.
The covenant of circumcision had been abandoned in the desert. The people were bitter and simply quit honoring their promise to God. So when he brought them across as a nation, he refused to move forward until the covenant had been honored. There is little doubt that that event was a memorable one for all the people. It was a painful reminder that they had been chosen and were God’s people.
Finally, they celebrated Passover—their feast of liberation, by using the crops that were in the land. That feast was the first one since their liberation that the people gathered food from a place other than the actual hand of God. It was God’s notice that they would now be free to grow and gather their own crops—and with that the Manna ceased.
God left nothing to chance with his people, and prepared for their inheritance down to the last and most intimate detail. That same God also plans our journey. He has a plan for our lives that he considers as important as he did the occupation of Canaan. While it may be difficult to accept—He loves us with the same intensity that he loved the “stiff-necked” Israelites. If we could grasp that, we would walk as a covenant people with confidence and fearlessness. We would trust him in the best and the worst of circumstance to lead us to our inheritance. We would know that there is no detail he has not anticipated and prepared for—In Short, we would be still and know that He is God!
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Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they[a] had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites…At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” 3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth… And after the whole nation had been circumcised, they remained where they were in camp until they were healed.
9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal[c] to this day.
10 On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. 11 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. 12 The manna stopped the day after[d] they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.