SOME MAJOR CHANGES …
“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. 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. And 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 year.” Joshua 5:10-12
Barely in the land, the Jewish people are observing the Passover! Which had not been commemorated in decades. And they did so on the right day, too.
Passover, which is a picture of Christ Jesus our Lord (the Real Lamb of God) dying to provide our salvation, safety, redemption! “When I see the BLOOD,” you remember don’t you?
And the next day after the Passover … “They did eat of the old corn of the land.”
The Lord provided them grain to eat, likely grown by the heathen who inhabited the surrounding acreage, but who had fled from the approaching army! (As promised in Deuteronomy 6:10-11 … “And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, and houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full …” A promise kept to the fullest.)
But note this too. “And 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 year.” No more manna! Which also had lasted for decades, “forty years” in round numbers.
Note: God fed His people miraculously … until they reached their land where they could farm naturally!
Point being … what we can’t do … GOD CAN. But what we can do, GOD WON’T!
By the way, the “manna” is a picture of Jesus in His Humility. (Quietly coming from heaven to earth, being quite small, yet white and sweet, certainly available to all!)
The corn of the land is a picture of Jesus in His Glory! (The grain having been planted, having died, and having come back up out of the ground, and having born fruit as well! Death, Burial and Resurrection!!!
— Dr. Mike Bagwell