Summary: What Joshua had to learn here was; he’d have to pay more attention to his spiritual life than he did to the military campaign because once he was focused on God then God would take care of the battle.
Whose side is the Lord on? Joshua 5:13-15
I’ve found a list of the rules of life that were written from one man to his wife. I’m sure that some of the men here will find this enlightening while the women may want to find out if their husband agrees with any of them and deal with them later. Here they are.
1.Learn to work the toilet seat. You are a big girl. If it is up, put it down. I need it up, you need it down and you do not hear about me complaining about you leaving it down.
2.Shopping is not a sport -- and no, I’m never going to think of it that way.
3.Crying is blackmail.
4.Ask for what you want and let me be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say what you want!
5.Yes and no are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question. In other words, you don’t have to explain why you think the way you do.
6.Come to me with a problem only if you want help solving it because that is what I do. Look to your girlfriends if you need a sympathetic ear.
7.You seem to think that anything I said six months ago is admissible in an argument when in fact; all comments become null and void after seven days.
8.If something I said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, I meant the other one.
9.You can either ask me to do something or tell me how you want it done; not both. If you already know best way to do it, then do it yourself.
10.Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
11.Christopher Columbus did not need directions and he found America even though he had never been there before, so, I don’t need directions either.
12.All men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, it’s not a color, pumpkin is also a fruit and I have no idea what mauve is.
13.If it itches, it will be scratched. I do that.
14.If I ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," I will act like nothing is wrong. I know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
15.If you ask a question you do not want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.
16.When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.
17.You have enough clothes.
18.You have too many shoes.
19.I am in shape; round is a shape.
20.Thank you for listening to this and yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight but did you know men really do not mind that? It’s like camping.
“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? 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? 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.”
Now, just before we look at this passage, there’s one little verse I want to look at again and it’s verse 12 where it says, “And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more.”
The word “manna” actually means, “what is it?” And that tells us that the people were mystified not only by it’s appearance but also because it was something they had never seen before. The scripture says, it looked like coriander seed and this refers to its shape and it was the color of bdellium which is similar to a pearl. No one really knows how they cooked it or what it tasted like but it’s assumed they had 300 ways to prepare it or they might even have eaten it raw.
When we hear about how God provided for them we forget that they were homeless for forty years. They had no food in the freezer, no canned goods in the cupboards and no where to get a snack before they went to sleep. And that was what life was like for these two million people who traveled through the desert.