After Joshua circumcised the men, he says, “today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.” This is of course a reference to the foreskin which was a covering for the male genitalia. Though they had made it out of the wilderness, and they were ready for battle, they still needed to step beyond their shame. Paul speaks about the penis as a metaphor for the heart. This moment symbolizes our need to have our hearts revealed before entering into God’s war ministry. It is God who protected them at this time. It is said that the enemy “lost heart.” God kept them safe as they made the final and intimate sacrifice. Many of God’s people claim to be ready to enter the fight for the promised land of his kingdom but still refuse to pull back this foreskin, let alone remove it. It is an unspoken price in our free salvation. But it is a necessary part of the sanctification process which prepares us. We should understand that this is surgical and important as we begin with God.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts