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Year C, Lent 4 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Revised Common Lectionary Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading

Joshua (4: 19-24); 5: 9-12

[Begin Standard Episcopal Lectionary] The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. Those twelve stones, which they had taken out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal, saying to the Israelites, "When your children ask their parents in time to come, 'What do these stones mean?' then you shall let your children know, 'Israel crossed over the Jordan here on dry ground.' For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you crossed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we crossed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, and so that you may fear the LORD your God forever."

[Begin RCL] The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt." And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.

While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

Reflection on Joshua 5:9-12 by Nan Stokes

The Lord provided for the children of Israel throughout their long wanderings in the wilderness and when they had reached the land of Canaan and crossed over the Jordan River, he continued to provide for them, only now it was not manna but the crops of that land which kept them from hunger. They celebrated the Passover on the plains of Jericho as one of the first items of business in their new homeland. Truly it was a new creation: everything old had passed away, and everything had become new. We can look forward to a new beginning after the wilderness of our Lenten-experience as we continue our resolve to work and study and pray to learn more about what God expects of us in this world. What manna have we been blessed with as we traveled? Have we been faithful in our discipline and aware of what rains down from heaven? Even the psalm for this Sunday tells us to "Taste and see that the Lord is good." The old and the new surround and keep us and remind us that we are part of creation.

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Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Lent 4:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary
Old Testament (Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Joshua (4: 19-24); 5: 9-12 (this page)
Joshua 5: 9-12 (this page)
Psalm 34
Psalm 32
New Testament Reading
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:11-32
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Nan Stokes (1929-2010) is a past co-chair of MEESC (2002-2006). She resided in Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote these reflections in 1998. We welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to our WebVerger or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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