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Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Joshua 5:12

Ver. 12. And the manna ceased— The Israelites having no more need of this miraculous food, by reason of the plenty of corn and other provisions which they found in the land of Canaan, God, who never works a miracle unnecessarily, ceased to shower it down from heaven. Hence we see clearly, that the manna, of which the Israelites had hitherto eaten, was an extraordinary food, and that the divine hand which had given it them for so long a time had sent it in a miraculous manner for their... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Joshua 5:1-12

2. Circumcision and celebration of the Passover 5:1-12"This [fifth] chapter records four experiences which God brought to Joshua and the people, each one centered about a token, or symbol . . . The Token of Circumcision: Restoration to covenant favor (Joshua 5:2-9) . . . The Token of Blood: Anticipation of deliverance (Joshua 5:10) . . . The Token of Fruit: Appropriation of the blessing (Joshua 5:11-12) . . . The Token of a Sword: Revelation of a holy war (Joshua 5:13-15)." [Note: Jensen, pp.... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Joshua 5:10-12

The Law prescribed that only members of the covenant community could eat the Passover. It was a memorial to God’s redemption of Israel out of Egyptian slavery in the Exodus. It symbolized God’s deliverance of His people from the tyranny of sin (cf. Exodus 12:43-51).In the Feast of Unleavened Bread that followed the Passover, the people were able to use the grain of the land to make bread (Joshua 5:11). God now provided for His people’s need for daily bread by giving them the produce of the land... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 5:1-15

Renewal Of Circumcision And Celebration Of The PassoverThe two incidents recorded in Joshua 5:2-12;—Circumcision and the Passover—represent the final stage in the preparation of the people for the Holy War. The Circumcision was a necessary preliminary (Exodus 12:44, Exodus 12:48) to the Passover Feast, besides marking for the new generation a reversal of the sentence of ’excommunication ’virtually pronounced in Numbers 14:33-34;’; and the Passover—the first recorded celebration since the first... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Joshua 5:12

(12) The manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land.—The date should be noticed. On the fourteenth day was the Passover; on the fifteenth, Israel ate of the produce of the land. From that day the manna fell no more—i.e., on the sixteenth day of the first month of the year of their entering the land of Canaan, it was not found. On the sixteenth day of the second month of the first year of the Exodus, it first appeared (Exodus 16:1; Exodus 16:7; Exodus 16:13-14).... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Joshua 5:1-15

The Ceasing of the Manna Joshua 5:12 There was a deep doctrine in the giving of the manna. There was a doctrine not less deep in its withdrawal. I. The ceasing of the manna should teach us that there is inevitable loss in all our gains. It was a great thing for Israel to gain the plains of Jericho, but when they had done so, they lost the bread of angels. We talk sometimes about the gains of our losses, and it is true that we often gain by what we lose. But remember that if we gain by what we... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Joshua 5:1-12

CHAPTER X.CIRCUMCISION AND PASSOVER- MANNA AND CORN.Joshua 5:1-12. THE first two facts recorded in this chapter seem to be closely connected with each other. One is, that when all the Amorite and Canaanite kings on the west side of the Jordan heard of the miraculous drying up of the waters and the passage of the Israelites, "their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more." The other is, that the opportunity was taken then and there to circumcise the whole of the generation that... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Joshua 5:1-15

5. At Gilgal CHAPTER 5 1. The terrified enemies (Joshua 5:1 ) 2. Circumcision commanded and executed (Joshua 5:2-9 ) 3. The Passover kept (Joshua 5:10 ) 4. The old corn of the land (Joshua 5:11-12 ) 5. The captain of Jehovah’s host (Joshua 5:13-15 ) The events at Gilgal are of much interest. Jehovah had brought His people over Jordan. All His promises were kept. He had promised to deliver them out of Egypt and to bring them into the land of Canaan. All is now accomplished. The... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 5:1-15

CIRCUMCISION IN GILGAL (vs.1-9) The miraculous crossing of the Jordan awakened great fear in the hearts of the Canaanitish people, so that their hearts melted (v.1). This was God's work. It was He who was preparing the way for Israel's victorious conquest of the land of promise. Military strategy would have dictated that Israel should immediately strike then while the advantage was on their side. But the Lord did not allow this. He knew that Israel needed preparation of a different sort... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Joshua 5:1-15

JORDAN CROSSED PREPARATION OF THE PEOPLE (3:1-13) The events in this section are the removal to Shittim and the encampment there (Joshua 3:1 ); directions about the leadership of the priests (Joshua 3:2-4 ); sanctification of the people (Joshua 3:5 ); encouragement of Joshua (Joshua 3:7-8 ); encouragement of the people (Joshua 3:9-13 ). There is little requiring explanation, but notice in Joshua 3:4 the care God took for the people’s guidance and the occasion for it. And do not forget the... read more

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