每日诗歌: All the Way My Savior Leads Me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEOtFEs0Jos)
吉甲是以色列人过了约旦河后的第一营地。在那里，他们为在旷野出生的新一代行了割礼。割礼是神与亚伯拉罕立约的记号，行割礼表明在神的心中，割礼对他的子民的重要性。 “你是我的子民，我是你的神”。在与敌人的争战的时候，记住它至关重要 。
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Luke 2:1-24 [Read]
Gilgal was the first campground for Israelites after crossing the Jordan. It was there they performed circumcision to the new generation. Circumcision was the sign of the covenant God made with Abraham, and performing it showed the priority God had in mind for his people. “You will be my people, and I will be your God”. It’s important to keep that in mind while fighting battles with the enemies.
Gilgal was also where Joshua set up 12 stones brought up from the dried up Jordan River, and it was for the future generations of Israel to remember that “the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God” (4:24). Gilgal was a reminder of the mighty power and grace of God of Israel.
Gilgal also marked the vicinity where Joshua met the commander of the army of the Lord, who was the true leader in conquering the Promised Land. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy” (5:15). This mysterious command echoed exactly what God told Moses when he first met God at the burning bush (Ex 3:5). This echo further confirmed the authority of Joshua. More importantly, it showed that the commander of the Lord’s army was of the same essence as God himself. God is holy, and whoever comes before him must be holy.
Gilgal, based on the history later on, was also the place where the first King of Israel, Saul, was made king (1 Sam 11:15). However, it was also there where Saul rebelled and lost God’s favor as the king of Israel (1 Sam 13:14). In the time of Hosea and Amos, Gilgal sank further and became the place of wicked worship (Amos 4:4, Hos 4:15).
The downfall of Gilgal vividly reflected the fall of the people of God after they entered the Promised Land. After all, the Laws were not meant to make them holy, for it lacked such power. A very interesting connection, in the names but not the location, is that the Hebrew word “Gilgal” shares the same root with “Golgotha”. It reminds us where the true power lies. It’s not just in the covenantal words declared in Gilgal, but more in the covenantal love shown in Golgotha. Indeed, “there is a good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Lk 2:10), for “a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:11). Let us rejoice that our hope lies not in Gilgal, but in Golgotha.
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