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2020-05-15 Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

The Old Testament book of Joshua, chapter 6, records the amazing account of the Israelite army overthrowing the city of Jericho. This fascinating story shows how keeping the commandments lead to the fulfillment of God’s promises.

In the biblical account, we learn that God spoke to Joshua and told him to march around the city with his army once every day for six days. On the seventh day, God told him to march around the city seven times while the priests blew their ram’s horn trumpets. At the sound of the trumpets, Joshua told the people to shout, as God had commanded them to do. When they shouted “with a great shout” (verse 20), the walls fell down, and Joshua’s army took the city.

Though Joshua and the Israelites may not have understood, they still followed the Lord’s instructions—and they were victorious as a result. At the end of the seven days, everything God promised them came to pass.

The Lord said in Isaiah 55:8, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts…And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

God could have brought those walls down with a snap of His finger, but He chose a different way. Throughout the Bible, we see many strange requests. God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, after promising to make him a great nation through his offspring (Genesis 12:2 and Genesis 22:2). God told Namaan the leper to dip in a river seven times in order to be cleansed (2 Kings 5). Before a critical battle, He basically told Gideon, “You have too many men! Cut them down to 300” (Judges 7). And Jesus told the disciples to leave everything and follow Him (Matthew 4:19).

God wants to see what’s in your heart. He wants to know if you’ll trust Him no matter what! Romans 8:28 give us this assurance: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” If you know that God has your best interest at heart, then it’s easy to trust Him and to follow His instructions—even in impossible situations.

Whatever battle you are facing, turn to the Lord and ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him for the plan that will lead to victory. Whatever He tells you to do (through His Word, the Holy Spirit, or wise and godly counsel), obey that plan no matter how strange it might seem. Yes, your friends might laugh at you. Yes, your family might turn against you. But follow God’s plan anyway and know that you will be well on your way to victory.

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30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

Hebrews 11:30 (NLT)

Joshua fit* the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho,
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, 
and the walls came tumblin’ down.

You may talk about the men of Gideon;
you may talk about the men of Saul;
but there's none like good old Joshua,
at the battle of Jericho. 

Up to the walls of Jericho
he marched with sword in hand,
"Go blow those ram's horns," Joshua cried,
"for the battle is in God's hands."

Then the horns began to bellow,
the trumpets began to sound,
and Joshua commanded the children to shout,
and the walls came tumblin’ down. 

*"fit” is dialect used for “fought”

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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