Pastoral Commentary for Joshua 5-6
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
Once again God's covenant with Israel was renewed as all the men born in the desert were finally circumcised. God had now brought His people into the Promised Land, and when the kings of that land heard how God had held back the Jordan they were filled with fear. Israel ate food from the Land and the manna stopped appearing. God had kept His covenant, and no one could say that He had brought His people out of Egypt only so they could die in the desert. The angel of the Lord appeared to Joshua in a similar way as He had to Moses and told Joshua to remove his sandals for he was standing on holy ground. The commander of the Lord's Army told Joshua to have the people march around the city once each day for six days. On the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times with the priests blowing trumpets of rams' horns. When they heard a prolonged blast of the horn the people were to shout and the walls of city would collapse, giving the Israelites free access into this fortified city. Joshua gave orders to the people being careful to follow God's instructions. On the seventh day at the moment of the long trumpet blast Joshua ordered the people: "Shout, for the Lord has given you the city." The walls fell and the city and its inhabitants were destroyed. Joshua saved Rahab the prostitute and her family, as the spies had promised. On that day Joshua became famous throughout the Land because the Lord was with him.