Listening To The Word

A Daily Devotional

By Randy Friesen


Today's Life Journal Bible readingJoshua 12-14; 1 Corinthians 7

“These are the kings of the land that Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the west side of the Jordan…the king of Goyim in Gilgal.” Joshua 12:7, 23

The word “Goyim” means unclean; it is the word used in the New Testament for the Gentiles. The king of Goyim lived in Gilgal. Gilgal was renamed by God because that was the time and the place where God “rolled away” the reproach and the shame of Egypt from the Israelites. It was at Gilgal that they circumcised their young men and renewed their covenant with God. It was at Gilgal that they celebrated their first Passover in the Promised Land, and ate their first produce in the land. It was Gilgal which became their base from which Israel conquered all the kings west of the Jordan River. Gilgal was the turning point in Israel’s journey from Egypt to their inheritance. Later, God said through Micah the prophet, “Remember your journey, from Shittim [the place of sexual sin with the Moabite women] to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord” (Micah 6:5). Gilgal is where we declare that we are no longer unclean through sin, but have been redeemed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb.
Have we conquered the king of Goyim in Gilgal yet?

“Lord Jesus, thank you for rolling away my shame and sin at Gilgal. My life inheritance is in you.”