Archive for January 10th, 2012

Joshua 6

Joshua 6 has the very familiar story of the capture of Jericho.  You remember the story.  The city was in siege – “none went out, and none came in”.  God told Joshua to “march around the city….going around the city once….for six days…..On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times….the priests shall blow the trumpets….all the people shall shout….the wall of the city will fall down flat”.  Can you imagine getting this set of directions?  They have walked with God for forty years in the wilderness. They are now ready to take their land and they have to walk around the city they want once a day for six days, and then seven times the last day before shouting the walls down.  It seems like a rather far fetched approach, doesn’t it? 

But that is exactly what Joshua told the people.  Day one they get up and walk around the city once, and then go back to camp to wait for tomorrow.  Joshua got up early the next morning, and the four after that, to set the stage for their daily walk around Jericho.   The priests were blowing their trumpet, the warriors were leading the march, and they do the routine six days in a row. 

On the seventh day the routine starts the same but contines with seven trips around the city.  This time, Joshua told them that when the priests had blown their trumpets, the people were to “shout, for the Lord has given you the city”.  Joshua doesn’t try and take credit for this.  He keeps God front and center as the leader of this battle.  So they made the seven trips and the priests blew their trumpets and “as soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city”.  No delay, obedience brought down the walls.  They did it God’s way and God did exactly what He said He would.  That is the very character and nature of God.  He never fails. 

There was one exception to the destruction of Jericho.  Remember a few chapters back Rahab the prostitute had protected the two spies Joshua sent in to check things out.  Now they were true to the promises made and “brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her” to safety just as they had promised.  “They burned the city with fire”.  It was complete destruction as God had commanded.  And what was the impact for Joshua?  “So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land”.  He has successfully transitioned to replace Moses and those were some very big shoes to fill!

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