Now, what we have
said in the previous section is not teaching
that, when the Israelites entered the Promised
Land, the law was to be disregarded nor the
sacrificial ordinances abandoned. Instead, they
were to have a new relationship with the law and
with God; not one of slavish obedience in trying
to satisfying the law’s demands; but one of
willing obedience in discovering the blessings
that are in the law, and God’s goodness in
giving them the law. At Sinai they stood in the
fear and dread of God and His law; now they were
to have come to see God’s goodness and blessings
which He has for them in obeying the law from
their hearts. However, not the entire nation of
Israel who crossed Jordon that day, in reality,
ever came to this change of heart—their crossing
was only symbolic of our experience in Christ.
What it pictured was that our new law as
Christians is not the one that was written upon
those tables of stone, but what the Spirit of
God now writes upon our hearts. The new life
which we have in Christ is not one of freedom
from obeying God and living unrighteously; but
one in which we are now free to obey Him, and
one in which we have discovered the resources
that enable us to so.
Exo 20:18 And
all the people saw the thunderings, and the
lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and
the mountain smoking: and when the people saw
it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with
us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with
us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for
God is come to prove you, and that his fear may
be before your faces, that ye sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew
near unto the thick darkness where God was.
Josh 1:7 Only be
thou strong and very courageous, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all the law,
which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not
from it to the right hand or to the left, that
thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of
thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day
and night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for
then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and
then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and
of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be
thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.
Deu 28:1 And it
shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken
diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God,
to observe and to do all his commandments which
I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God
will set thee on high above all nations of the
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee,
and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto
the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and
blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and
the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy
cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks
of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and
blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise
up against thee to be smitten before thy face:
they shall come out against thee one way, and
flee before thee seven ways.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon
thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou
settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee
in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy
people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee,
if thou shalt keep the commandments of the
LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see
that thou art called by the name of the LORD;
and they shall be afraid of thee.
Matt 5:17 Think
not that I am come to destroy the law, or the
prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven
and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in
no wise pass from the law, till all be
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these
least commandments, and shall teach men so, he
shall be called the least in the kingdom of
heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them,
the same shall be called great in the kingdom of
1 Cor 9:21 To them
that are without law, as without law, (being
not without law to God, but under the law to
Christ,) that I might gain them that are
Rom 6:11 Likewise
reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto
sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal
body, that ye should obey it in the lusts
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments
of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield
yourselves unto God, as those that are alive
from the dead, and your members as instruments
of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for
ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are
not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are
to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or
of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants
of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that
form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became
the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of
the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have
yielded your members servants to uncleanness and
to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield
your members servants to righteousness unto
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were
free from righteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things
whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those
things is death.
Rom 8:1 There is
therefore now no condemnation to them which are
in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
3 For what the law could not do, in that it
was weak through the flesh, God sending his own
Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for
sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled
in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after
Rom 8:14 For as
many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are
the sons of God.
ye have not received the spirit of bondage again
to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
2 Cor 3:2 Ye are
our epistle written in our hearts, known and
read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be
the epistle of Christ ministered by us,
with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God;
not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of
But if ye be
led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
happened when they entered the Promised Land
that were different than their wilderness
experience. The old generation had been fed with
manna in their wilderness wanderings, and the
manna stopped when their children entered the
land of Canaan. Manna means, what is it—implying
that they were being supported by God’s
sustenance, even when they did not know what it
was they were being fed with. The same is true
in our early Christian lives. We have many good
experiences and emotional feelings in being a
new believer. These come about because God has
entered our lives and begins to bless us. If we
are honest though, we have no idea of what the
Christian life is really all about, in spite the
fact that Christ, our heavenly manna, is
faithfully supporting us. This manna stopped
when Israel left the barren wilderness and
entered the land of milk and honey. So with us,
when we leave the wilderness of the flesh, and
cross over into the land of faith and promise,
we now become aware of the source our
sustenance, which is Christ, our source of life.
We no longer wander about in ignorance, not
knowing where to find the bread that had
mysteriously fallen from heaven. We now know
that it is in Christ that we have all that we
need; and as God’s children, He freely gives us
all things through Christ.
Exo 16:2 And the
whole congregation of the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and Aaron in the
3 And the children of Israel said unto them,
Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD
in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh
pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for
ye have brought us forth into this wilderness,
to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I
will rain bread from heaven for you; and the
people shall go out and gather a certain rate
every day, that I may prove them, whether they
will walk in my law, or no.
5 And it shall come to pass, that on the
sixth day they shall prepare that which they
bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they
6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children
of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the
LORD hath brought you out from the land of
7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the
glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your
murmurings against the LORD: and what are we,
that ye murmur against us?
8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD
shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and
in the morning bread to the full; for that the
LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur
against him: and what are we? your murmurings
are not against us, but against the LORD.
9 And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the
congregation of the children of Israel, Come
near before the LORD: for he hath heard your
10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the
whole congregation of the children of Israel,
that they looked toward the wilderness, and,
behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the
11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
12 I have heard the murmurings of the children
of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye
shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be
filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am
the LORD your God.
13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails
came up, and covered the camp: and in the
morning the dew lay round about the host.
14 And when the dew that lay was gone up,
behold, upon the face of the wilderness there
lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar
frost on the ground.
when the children of Israel saw it, they said
one to another, It is manna: for they wist not
what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is
the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
Josh 5:10 And the
children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept
the passover on the fourteenth day of the month
at even in the plains of Jericho.
11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land
on the morrow after the passover, unleavened
cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.
the manna ceased on the morrow after they had
eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had
the children of Israel manna any more; but they
did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that
John 6:30 They
said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou
then, that we may see, and believe thee? what
dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as
it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I
say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread
from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true
bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down
from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore
give us this bread.
Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he
that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he
that believeth on me shall never thirst.
2 Cor 5:7 (For
we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Gal 2:19 For I
through the law am dead to the law, that I might
live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I
live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and
the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
the faith of the Son of God, who loved me,
and gave himself for me.
Rom 8:32 He that
spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for
how shall he not with him also freely give us
1 Cor 2:12 Now we
have received, not the spirit of the world, but
the spirit which is of God;
that we might know
the things that are freely given to us of God.
Phil 4:6 Be
careful for nothing; but in every thing by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let
your requests be made known unto God.
the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.
But my God
shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The children of
Israel, who crossed Jordan, were also
circumcised in the Land of Promise. The old
generation had not practiced this symbolic
ritual since leaving Egypt. It was the symbol of
their covenant relationship with God that was
first given to their father Abraham, but they
had failed to obey God even in this.
Circumcision is the practice whereby the male
foreskin is removed to prevent uncleanness and
infection from building up underneath it. Again,
it was not merely some painful initiation that
God imposed upon His people, without any benefit
to them. Man, in his natural state, being naked
in the garden, needed it for protection; but now
it had become a source of uncleanness and
disease, both to the man and to the woman. The
failure to practice circumcision in the
wilderness was symbolic of the fact that they
were not separated from the filthiness of their
flesh, because they still walked after the
flesh. It is not until we enter the land of
faith that we see, that as believers, we are no
longer in the flesh, but in the Spirit—we have
been separated from the old man of sin by the
circumcision of Christ. One cannot live in the
freedom of the spiritual life without being made
aware of what God has done for us in Christ.
Spiritual circumcision allows us to be separated
from the power, guilt, and attitudes of the
flesh; and to live anew in Christ with love in
our hearts for God and for our fellow man. This
does not mean that we will never more be
bothered by the old man of sin, but now we can
recognize him, and know that God has separated
us from him, and we can still live in victory in
spite of him.
Josh 5:2 At
that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee
sharp knives, and circumcise again the children
of Israel the second time.
3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and
circumcised the children of Israel at the hill
of the foreskins.
4 And this is the cause why Joshua did
circumcise: All the people that came out of
Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war,
died in the wilderness by the way, after they
came out of Egypt.
5 Now all the people that came out were
circumcised: but all the people that were
born in the wilderness by the way as they came
forth out of Egypt, them they had not
6 For the children of Israel walked forty
years in the wilderness, till all the people
that were men of war, which came out of Egypt,
were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice
of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he
would not shew them the land, which the LORD
sware unto their fathers that he would give us,
a land that floweth with milk and honey.
7 And their children, whom he raised up in
their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they
were uncircumcised, because they had not
circumcised them by the way.
And it came to pass, when they had done
circumcising all the people, that they abode in
their places in the camp, till they were whole.
9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day
have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from
off you. Wherefore the name of the place is
called Gilgal unto this day.
Gen 17:9 And God
said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant
therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep,
between me and you and thy seed after thee;
Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your
foreskin; and it shall be a token of the
covenant betwixt me and you.
12 And he that is eight days old shall be
circumcised among you, every man child in your
generations, he that is born in the house, or
bought with money of any stranger, which is not
of thy seed.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is
bought with thy money, must needs be
circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your
flesh for an everlasting covenant.
the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his
foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be
cut off from his people; he hath broken my
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart,
and be no more stiffnecked.
Deut 30:6 And
the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart,
and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy
God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul,
that thou mayest live.
Heb 4:12 For the
word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even
to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and
of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner
of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Rom 2:28 For he is
not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is
that circumcision, which is outward in the
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly;
and circumcision is that of the heart, in the
spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise
is not of men, but of God.
Col 2:11 In whom
also ye are circumcised with the circumcision
made without hands,
in putting off the
body of the sins of the flesh by the
circumcision of Christ:
Phil 3:3 For we
are the circumcision, which worship God in the
spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and
have no confidence in the flesh.
Rom 7:24 O
wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me
from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our
Lord. So then
with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh
the law of sin.
Rom 8:1 There is
therefore now no condemnation to them which are
in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Also in the Land
there was now a settled place where the children
of Israel could worship their God. In the
wilderness the Tabernacle moved about, and the
people were keep outside of the courtyard and
the elements of worship that went on inside. In
the temples that were to be built however, there
were areas in the temple complex where they were
permitted to enter. In Herod’s temple there was
even a court in which Gentiles could come,
signifying that they too would have access to
God. When Christ died upon the cross, the veil
of the Holy of Holies was torn in two, showing
that the way to God for all His people had been
opened. In the flesh, we know not how to worship
God, or with what sacrifices He is pleased. The
sin and guilt of the flesh block our way into
God’s presence, because we believe we are too
unclean for Him to accept us. We do everything
we can think of to please God and to cause Him
to smile upon us, but we find that nothing
works. When we come into the Promised Land of
faith in Christ, we now have a place where we
can worship God in spirit and in truth, and have
our gifts and sacrifices accepted of Him. We no
longer try to offer Him the works of our flesh,
or are we hindered by the sins of the flesh; but
we present ourselves to Him only in His Son, and
with the sacrifice He has provided for us. With
our new awareness of what we are in Christ, we
can now boldly enter God’s presence without
fear, to worship and present our petitions to
Deut 12:11 Then
there shall be a place which the LORD your God
shall choose to cause his name to dwell there;
thither shall ye bring all that I command you;
your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your
tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and
all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your
God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and
your menservants, and your maidservants, and the
Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as
he hath no part nor inheritance with you.
heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt
offerings in every place that thou seest:
14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose
in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy
burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all
that I command thee.
1 Kings 8:1 Then
Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all
the heads of the tribes, the chief of the
fathers of the children of Israel, unto king
Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up
the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the
city of David, which is Zion.
2 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves
unto king Solomon at the feast in the month
Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the
priests took up the ark.
4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and
the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the
holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even
those did the priests and the Levites bring up.
5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of
Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with
him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen,
that could not be told nor numbered for
6 And the priests brought in the ark of the
covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the
oracle of the house, to the most holy place,
even under the wings of the cherubims.
7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings
over the place of the ark, and the cherubims
covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of
the staves were seen out in the holy place
before the oracle, and they were not seen
without: and there they are unto this day.
9 There was nothing in the ark save the two
tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb,
when the LORD made a covenant with the children
of Israel, when they came out of the land of
10 And it came to pass, when the priests were
come out of the holy place, that the cloud
filled the house of the LORD,
11 So that the priests could not stand to
minister because of the cloud: for the glory of
the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.
12 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he
would dwell in thick darkness.
13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell
in, a settled place for thee to abide in for
14 And the king turned his face about, and
blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all
the congregation of Israel stood;)
15 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of
Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my
father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it,
16 Since the day that I brought forth my people
Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all
the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my
name might be therein; but I chose David to be
over my people Israel.
17 And it was in the heart of David my father to
build an house for the name of the LORD God of
18 And the LORD said unto David my father,
Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house
unto my name, thou didst well that it was in
19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house;
but thy son that shall come forth out of thy
loins, he shall build the house unto my name.
20 And the LORD hath performed his word that he
spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my
father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the
LORD promised, and have built an house for the
name of the LORD God of Israel.
21 And I have set there a place for the ark,
wherein is the covenant of the LORD, which he
made with our fathers, when he brought them out
of the land of Egypt.
Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in
the presence of all the congregation of Israel,
and spread forth his hands toward heaven:
Matt 27:50 Jesus,
when he had cried again with a loud voice,
yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was
rent in twain from the top to the bottom;
and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Heb 10:19 Having
therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into
the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath
consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to
say, his flesh;
But the hour
cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 15:7 If ye
abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye
bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Heb 4:14 Seeing
then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
us therefore come boldly unto the throne of
grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace
to help in time of need.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
2 Cor 1:20 For
all the promises of God in him are yea, and in
him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.