Joshua assembles the Lord’s people together after they cross the Jordan River. Joshua is command to circumcise the people of God a second time. Why would Joshua waste precious time to engage in such a physical ceremony? Why not just go to war, secure the land, and enjoy the Lord’s redemptive purpose?
The people of Israel are about to find themselves in a situation where they are no longer lead by a physical leader. This is Joshua’s farewell and it would see that as Israel is now situated in the land that Israel has secured rest. First, why should Israel want to enjoy the rest? Second, how is Israel supposed to transform this land?
We are exhorted to strive to enter the Sabbath rest of the Lord. Does this mean that we have to work really hard to please God? Was the problem with Israel that they just did not understand the gospel? Was it that they did not have Christ? Why would the letter to the Hebrews appeal to Israel when we are being exhorted through the words of this letter? What can we possibly learn from the Israelites that is relevant today?