Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It's Time to Have The Reproach Rolled Away



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.
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. Joshua 5:8-9 
In those two verses we notice a very important principle. The passage says, after they received the mark of the covenant, that is circumcision, God said He rolled away the reproach of Egypt off them. The word reproach means- the act of finding fault in disgrace, to treat with scorn, or condemn, criticize with an attitude of fault finding with the intention of shaming.
God had delivered the Israelites from Egypt with a mighty hand and promised to take them to a land that flowed with milk and honey. However, 40 years later they were still wandering in the wilderness. How embarrassing! The Egyptians were laughing at them, they had become a joke. Not only could they see them wandering in the desert but some of the Egyptians left Egypt with the Israelites, the bible calls them the mixt multitude. When God set the Israelites free from the Egyptians, they were so impressed by the miracles and God's ability to take care of the Israelites, some of them left Egypt with them.
However, when they arrived in the desert and all they had to eat was manna they were not happy and encouraged the Israelites to whine and complain (Numbers 11:4-6).
I bet some of the them left the Israelites in the wilderness and went back to Egypt and said let me tell you about what's going on with the Israelites and their God.  They don’t have any real food all they have is Manna. It's some weird stuff that falls from the sky at night and it's on the ground on top of the dew in the morning.  And they can't have left overs or save some for later, they can only take what they can eat or the rest will spoil (except on the Sabbath). They are still walking around there with the same old clothes and shoes they had when they left Egypt.
Yes, the Israelites had become a joke and an object of scorn before the Egyptians and the surrounding nations. But on this day God said I have rolled away the reproach of Evil off you. You will no longer have to hang your head in shame. This is the day the promises of Deuteronomy 28 will overtake you.  This day you are the head and not the tail above and not beneath a lender and not a borrower.
Sometimes when we are going through challenging situations and other people know about it and are watching us, we feel embarrassed. And this makes matters worse because we have the outward pressure of unmet needs and the inward pressure of embarrassment and anger because we are worrying about what people are saying and thinking about us, then add the fact that we might get angry with God, because we think if He's God Almighty why is He letting we go through this. 
But If we stick with God long enough we will see things turn around for He said He will never leave us nor forsake us.  
Notice in Joshua chapter five, that after they kept the Passover the Manna ceased, it stopped coming down. They reached the promised land and it was time for abundance.
And so it is with us when we receive the mark of the covenant, "Jesus" as our Savior who is our Passover lamb! Who said "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
It is time for us to reach the promised land but we can't if we have a reproach on our lives. Don't let people scorn you because you are not where they think you need to be in life. Just as God gave the Israelites a second chance (this was the second time they were being circumcised as the first group died in the wilderness due to a lack of faith). He is giving us a second chance to honor the mark of the covenant in our lives if we have received Christ. We will receive the promises of God whether it is healing in our bodies, restored relationships or financial means.
Yes, God will roll the reproach off you of you today. Receive it by faith!


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