Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
Just as these stones were meant to be a memorial to the children of Israel, so it is that we have memorial stones in our lives as well. All of those things which are a reminder to the wonderful things that the Lord had done in our lives are our memorial stones…reminders to us just how much God loves and cares for us.
On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they had feared Moses, all the days of his life.
When I think of how mightily God used Joshua, I think of Exodus 33:11 where we read that Joshua never departed from the tabernacle. I take this to mean, that Joshua was interested and devoted to the worship of God above all else. When the Lord finds people who are worshippers of Him, He uses them.
Then Joshua circumcised their sons whom He raised up in their place; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.
The Israelites had quit worshipping and honoring the Lord during the years in the wilderness, in the same manner they had been instructed in. This is always a great danger of the wilderness. When we find ourselves wandering toward the wilderness, we must do whatever we can to get back on track and into that healthy relationship with the Lord once again.
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
Many believe this to be a Christophany, a physical manifestation of Jesus before His birth. One of the reasons we believe this to be so, is because Joshua bowed down to worship Him and this Commander of the army of the Lord received Joshua’s homage.
And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
Sometimes the Lord presents some rather unorthodox ways of fighting for us, but we must never question his methods. I believe that often times He does this to remind us that it is He and He alone who is doing the fighting and He and He alone will receive the glory for the victory.
Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, “Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.”
This prophetic word was fulfilled in 1 Kings 16:34, In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.
Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.
We cannot expect that the Lord is going to be with us, if we insist on keeping accursed things in our lives. Good and evil simply cannot cohabitate.
And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day.” So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.
We must be willing to do anything necessary to rid ourselves of the things in our lives which bring dishonor to the Lord. If we fail to honor the Lord in this area, we cannot begin to blame God for the consequences of such disobedience.