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Summary: Separation from the world brings the favor of the Lord.

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Psa 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Psa 5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

In order for the Lord to get the children of people from Egypt to the promised land he had to deal with their flesh. When they came to the Jordan River this represents the transition from carnality to spirituality. The Lord told Joshua to circumcise Israel again.

Jos 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.

Rom 2:29 The mark of God on the heart of people changing their hearts and minds makes them circumcised

In order to get favor with God we must deal with our flesh.

Jos 5:8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.

Jos 5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

The manna ceased, not so they would starve but so they could go on to the next blessing.

Our pain is a necessary preparation for our promotion.

Jos 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

Jos 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

The angel of the Lord , a captain over a large army of Angels said I am come to fight for you.

Jos 5:15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

While Joshua stood in an unsure foreign and a dangerous place, the Lords prescence madeit a holy place.

The sequence here is significant: first humble worship, then holy walk, then heavenly warfare. This parallels the "spiritual postures" found in the Epistle to the Ephesians. Joshua first bowed the knee (Eph 3:14); then he submitted to a holy walk (4:1,17; 5:2,8,15); and then he went out to battle the enemy in the power of the Lord (6:10ff). Like Joshua, we have already been given our inheritance (described in Eph 1-2) and we must over-come the enemy in order to claim it for ourselves and enjoy it.

Let us remember that this is not just our lives. We are part of God’s plan. We are weapons and tools in God’s great overriding eternal plan. He will not be defeated, dismayed, downtrod, destroyed or become desperate.

If we find what God wants and follow where he LEADS we to will not fail.

Although Joshua saw one angel he was representing thousands and thousands that were unseen.

"The Lord's host" does not refer to those Israelite armies encamped beside the overflowing waters of the Jordan, but to invisible hosts encamped all around on those heights, though no ear ever heard the call of the sentries at their posts of duty, or saw the sheen of their swords flashing in the sunlight, or beheld their assembled ranks.


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