“By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith, Rahab the harlot, did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.” Hebrews 11:30-31
Joshua, the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, was the one chosen after Moses’ death
to lead the Israelites into the promised land, by direction of God’s own breath.
“Only be strong and very courageous…and meditate on the law day and night.”
These instructions were given by God to Joshua, so that events would turn out right.
Joshua told the officers to tell the people–that they should begin to prepare,
to move on out in three days time, knowing God’s faithfulness would surely be there.
A “mountain” that needed to be overcome was the turbulent Jordan River for one–
then the great walls of the city of Jericho needed to be conquered before their work would be done.
Joshua sent two men there as spies, and they came to a house built on the city wall. Rahab hid them in the house, from the King’s spies, who wanted to search it all.
Later, letting Joshua’s men down from a window, she had them swear that her favor would be returned. They promised her that a scarlet cord in her window would be a sign of the protection she’d earned.
They arrived back at the Israelite camp, with confidence that the country would be theirs. But how the people and animals would cross the rushing river became the next item of their cares.
Joshua, however, trusted in God, and gave the order for the priests to lead the way. They carried the ark of the covenant in and, thus, the waters were miraculously kept at bay.
Safety was afforded for all to cross over–then Joshua said a stone should be gathered for each one…of the twelve tribes of Israel. The stones were needed to build a memorial of what their God had done.
Then came a time of consecration, and they remembered the Passover–another instance of God’s delivering hand. The day after that, just before God’s manna ceased, they began to partake of some of the produce of the land.
As Joshua contemplated the attack on Jericho, he suddenly beheld a man with a sword…drawn in his hand; and he proclaimed to Joshua that he was captain of the host of the Lord.
He told him to remove the sandals from his feet, for he was standing on holy ground. Joshua did so immediately, knowing it was a heavenly visitation; and he already had bowed down.
Joshua was obedient to follow the Lord’s instructions and, therefore, said there should be seven…priests to march with trumpets of rams’ horns, followed by the ark of the covenant–the presence of the God of heaven.
Armed soldiers were part of the procession as well, as had been originally planned out. They all made the journey around the Jericho city walls, once for six days throughout.
On the seventh day, they marched around seven times–then the priests made their trumpets blow. Next came the much anticipated “Shout!”–after which, those great walls were laid low.
The Israelites marched in, captured and burned the city–but Rahab was remembered and spared. And, in Joshua, the Lord had provided a strong new leader–his fame only with Moses was shared.
To be strong and courageous and depend on God’s anointing is vital to remember still today. “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!” reminds of “walls” that will come down after we pray.
…which, of course, includes worship and praise!
(Quote by Kenneth E. Hagin: “Praise gets the job done!”)
P. A. Oltrogge
(from the book of Joshua)