Removing reproach

Joshua Bible Background

03.21.2018 – Old Testament: Jos 5.6–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 4–6 on March 21, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The generation of males that had come out of Egypt had been circumcised, but then their sons born in the wilderness had not. Once the fathers all died, Joshua had all their sons circumcised before they could conquer the Land of Canaan,

For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD—to whom the LORD swore that He would not show them the land which the LORD had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” 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. So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed. Then the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day (Joshua 5.6–9).

That whole time that the sons had not been circumcised, it was a reproach to Israel, for the Lord had commanded that males were to be circumcised on the eighth day. The Lord had been merciful to them during this time of neglect, but then the time arrived for them to enter the Land of Canaan, and before the Lord would give it to them, He required that each of the males be circumcised. Having done so, they removed their reproach, otherwise, the Lord would not have blessed them.


  • Is there any reproach that you have on you?
  • Why have you delayed from removing it?

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