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Bible Commentaries

Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books

Joshua 5

Verses 1-15

Five events of interest are recorded in Jos_5:1-15 . First, we learn that the kings of the Canaanites by the sea lost heart when they learned how the Lord had caused Israel to pass through Jordan on dry ground (5:1.). Second, the Lord required the Israelites to renew the covenant with him by circumcising all the males (5:2-9). Third, Israel kept its first Passover in the promised land (5:10-11). Fourth, God ceased providing the manna when the people had eaten of the fruits of the new land (5:12). Fifth, Joshua had a meeting with the captain of the Lord's host (5:13-15). This must have been the pre-incarnate Christ since he accepted worship from Joshua and instructed him to remove his shoes because he was on holy ground. He appeared with his sword drawn because he was ready to fight against the wicked Canaanites.

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Hampton, Gary. "Commentary on Joshua 5". "Hampton's Commentary on Selected Books". 2014.