“Down Goes Jericho”

July 28, 2013

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Summary

Under Joshua’s leadership, Israel has consecrated themselves before God at Gilgal with the reinstitution of circumcision and Passover.  They now face the well fortified city of Jericho.  Jericho is an ancient city, built around springs, surrounded by walls as thick as they are tall.  It’s defended by mighty warriors whose occupants worship the moon and sacrifice their children to false gods.  The challenge seems insurmountable but God promises victory to Joshua.  Israel is given a peculiar battle plan: priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant accompanied by priests blowing trumpets are instructed by God to march with the army around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days.  On the seventh day they are instructed to do this seven times around the city, followed by a thunderous shout.  This they do and the walls of Jericho crumble to the ground.  The Israelites rush in and the inhabitants, save Rahab and her family, are destroyed.  Rahab is spared because she hid Israel’s spies and placed her faith in Yahweh.  God laughs, even scoffs, at the mere notion of man’s invincibility.  Our Lord has a reputation for apprehending people with walled-in minds and hearts.  He also has a reputation for humbling the arrogant with swift and sometimes lethal intervention.  One day, the Bible says, “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”  While many will bow and confess with seething anger and fierce regret, others will do so with exuberant joy and great thanksgiving.  Let’s endeavor to be among the latter…

Bible References

  • Joshua 6:1 - 27
  • 1 Kings 16:34
  • Psalm 2:1 - 4
  • Philippians 2:5 - 11