Wow, Joshua is so easy to read after the minor prophets! This chapter is about preparations to claim the promised land.
The men of generation who were in Egypt would not see the promised land because of their repeated unfaithfulness. Only their children, born in the 40 years wandering would claim it. It was easy to tell… no circumcisions had been done in the road. They do catch-up and thankfully rest for a few days to heal.
It says something about their life spans that 40 years would do it.
Manna, the magical travelling food from heaven, stops, and they eat passover from the land for the first time since leaving. How significant that would be.
There is a calm safety because the local kings heard the story of the blessed crossing of Jordan. They realise opposition is futile.
Then at the end of the chapter Joshua encounters a person who turns out to be a military angel, the “commander of the lords army”. Joshua asks him who’s side he’s on, and the warrior angel says ‘neither’. Its a fascinating message from God about the meaning of the enterprise, and all we really get about the fairness of it.
I keep remembering how the u.s. slaves sang about crossing the Jordan, reaching the promised land. How vivid that longing must have been to the people who sailed over the sea and arrived at that America.
All of this is about the lords plan, the lords protection, the lords time. It is our only safety.