Hebrews 11:30, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.”
Joshua was a man of God. Trained by Moses and then the eventual successor of Moses to lead the people of Israel. Joshua had to have a huge dosage of faith to deal with the people he was with and the faith that he needed with God for him and His people.
Jericho was a very well-known region in the time of Moses and Joshua. Jericho was also a fortress. It was secure to anyone trying to coming in and take over. Secure except to the God of all. God had specific instructions for Joshua on how to enter Jericho.
God told Joshua to march around the city and go all around the city once. This Joshua and his men were to do this for six days. Seven priests were then to carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. The seventh day they were to march around the city seven times and the priests would blow the trumpets. After the priests made a long blast with the ram’s horn and when Joshua’s men hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shouted with a great shout. Finally, the wall of the city would fall down flat. Once the walls were flat, the men could go in and take the city.
Joshua could have said that this plan was loony. Joshua could have tried something different. He decided to have faith in the Lord and do what He said. He decided to do what God said and it paid off because of God’s track record. It is perfect. Perfect record for keeping His word.
Jericho fell not because of Joshua but because of God. This process went according to God’s plan. Joshua ensured that God’s plan was executed. This is a lesson to us: if God asks us to do something, we should do it, regardless of how it sounds. Our walls will get knocked down and life could be just a little bit easier.
Thank You for the lesson on Jericho. It shows that when we listen to You, Lord, things happen according to Your will. We should not question You about anything, regardless of the plan. Our faith should grow because of this story about Joshua. We love You and part of the love should be faith. Faith that You are who You say You are. Faith that all Your plans work to our good. We need You and need to listen to You. Thank You for all that we receive from You.
In Your name we pray,