Joshua vs. Jericho

Joshua 6:1-5 – “Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”

There are several battle stories in the Bible, but I must say that this is one of my favorites (I like Gideon too though….). This is one of those times that God told the leader to do something weird and wacky and it worked.

Can you imagine if God told you to do what He told Joshua to do to win a battle? Would you do it? Or would your “common sense” kick in and you laugh at God and His hair-brain ideas?

Let’s set up the scene – Here is Joshua, leading this nation of people, and they come upon this city that is surrounded by this ginormous wall. I have heard it told that this wall was about six feet thick. I can’t tell you the height but it had to have been huge. This was a seemingly impenetrable wall. Yet, God had told them to take the city. I’m sure that someone doubted but they also trusted. They trusted that Joshua knew what he was doing and that God could bring them through this.

Now imagine that you are standing there looking at this wall and God has told you to walk around it for six days without making a sound. Then on the seventh day, walk around it seven times and then shout really loud with the trumpets blowing and the walls will come down. How crazy does that sound? But that is exactly what God told them the battle plan was. The people in the city had to have been amused at first and then unnerved by about day five.

The children of Israel were obedient. They did exactly what God said to do and the wall surely fell. It didn’t fall into a rubble. It fell into the ground. The Bible teaches that the wall went down in such a way that the people walked in “every man straight before him” (Joshua 6:20). How amazingly cool is that?

This story gives us so much. It reminds us that when God tells us to do something that He provides exactly what we need to accomplish His will. It also encourages us to follow Him even when the plan is crazy. God wants us to follow Him no matter what. He wants us to do what He tells us to, no matter what. Sometimes I think that God throws us a curve ball just to keep us on our feet. It reminds us to trust Him. There are some things in this life that you cannot or should not face on your own. There are times when you are going to face a six foot thick wall that seems impassable. These are the times to trust. These are the times to remember that you don’t have to have all the answers. These are the times to remember that God will provide exactly what you need exactly when you need it.

So, princess, don’t fret. Don’t worry. Don’t give the devil a foothold of doubt. Just look at that wall and keep on a walking. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

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