14 day plan

A Funny Thing Happened Along the Way in Israel

Day 14 of 14


Joshua 5:12

12 The manna stopped falling then, and the Israelites no longer had any. From that time on they ate food grown in Canaan.

Reflection:  Walking with him works – Wait, what? The manna stopped once they crossed over? Initially this verse seems negative, but the rest of the verse tells us why:  once they walked into this new promise they were meant to become fruitful. God now wanted them to cultivate the land not just wander in the wilderness. He wanted them to participate in the miracle not just spectate as it fell from the sky. He wanted his people as his partners, not puppets or slaves. What grace! What a miracle! That the
Creator would want to walk with and work with his creation. When we walk with the Lord we don’t just see miracles along the way. He wants us to help produce or even be miracles along the way. He wants us to bear lasting fruit (John 15:16) not just consume daily bread. Just as he told Moses to use what was in his hand to see the sea open, and used what little a small boy had to feed thousands, and just as Peter had to step out of the boat to follow Jesus onto the water, we too are created to partner with God on The Way. When Jesus said, “Follow me,” I’m sure the disciples had no idea what wonders would happen along the way. What an adventure we are invited (and created) to be a part of. Let’s simply walk with him and get on The Way.

Questions: What is in your hand (gift, talent, resource, personality trait, hobby, interest, passion etc) that God could do something great with?

Prayer: Lord God, I thank you for the seasons of manna but I also thank you that you made me to be fruitful and you want me to partner with you in your purposes. Please help me to cultivate the promises you’ve given me. Please also help me to do this journey in step with you, following your way and walking into all your have for me along The Way. Amen.

We have been reading the Bible with Catrina Henderson. Tomorrow we begin a new
series, Friendship, with Caitlin Orr.

Joshua 5:1-15

1All the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the Mediterranean Sea heard that the Lord had dried up the Jordan until the people of Israel had crossed it. They became afraid and lost their courage because of the Israelites.

The Circumcision at Gilgal

2Then the Lord told Joshua, “Make some knives out of flint and circumcise the Israelites.” 3So Joshua did as the Lord had commanded, and he circumcised the Israelites at a place called Circumcision Hill. 4-6 When the people of Israel left Egypt, all the males were already circumcised. However, during the forty years the people spent crossing the desert, none of the baby boys had been circumcised. Also, by the end of that time all the men who were of fighting age when they left Egypt had died because they had disobeyed the Lord. Just as he had sworn, they were not allowed to see the rich and fertile land that he had promised their ancestors. 7The sons of these men had never been circumcised, and it was this new generation that Joshua circumcised.

8After the circumcision was completed, the whole nation stayed in the camp until the wounds had healed. 9The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have removed from you the disgrace of being slaves in Egypt.” That is why the place was named Gilgal, the name it still has.

10 While the Israelites were camping at Gilgal on the plain near Jericho, they observed Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month. 11The next day was the first time they ate food grown in Canaan: roasted grain and bread made without yeast. 12 The manna stopped falling then, and the Israelites no longer had any. From that time on they ate food grown in Canaan.

Joshua and the Man with a Sword

13While Joshua was near Jericho, he suddenly saw a man standing in front of him, holding a sword. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you one of our soldiers, or an enemy?”

14“Neither,” the man answered. “I am here as the commander of the Lord's army.”

Joshua threw himself on the ground in worship and said, “I am your servant, sir. What do you want me to do?”

15And the commander of the Lord's army told him, “Take your sandals off; you are standing on holy ground.” And Joshua did as he was told.