The people of Jericho had that uneasy feeling that things were not right. They barred the doors and locked the city up tight. Clearly, the nation of Israel camped outside their gates was a clear and present danger—but hey, they can’t take what they can’t reach. The walls of Jericho were formidable, to say the least–and since this goofy people were not very stealthy, “Come on—camped outside the front door!”
But, as usual, God’s ways were not men’s ways. Jericho was as much a test for the Israelites as it was a warning to all that inhabited the land of Israel’s inheritance. God told Israel what they had to do to win—it was odd, but it was specific. March, trumpet and be quiet. There was to be no doubt that Israel was God’s chosen people; further, God was going to make clear that the battle was his battle–on their behalf. Knowing this, Joshua listened to God’s instruction and—get this, told the people to do what God said. He did not amend the plan in any way. There was no spinning or taking credit for helping God out. Israel simply obeyed God’s command.
In our lives, we face opportunities each and every day to go into battle on the Lord’s behalf. The battlefield may be home, work, church or some other forum. The enemies are clearly Satan, world culture and our own vile and sinful nature. Much like Israel, God tells us to march, trust him and keep quiet. He wants us to grasp that while the walls seem insurmountable, if we will trust him, he will deliver the battle into our hands. It will be a reward for us, and it will give notice to our enemies that we have God as our mighty warrior and deliverer, That notice will precede and follow us in battle and will allow us to live a victorious Christian life—there can be nothing more rewarding or more substantial than that.
God Bless You
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” 7 And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord