by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Sometimes I wonder why God gave the Israelites certain instructions.
Like why did they have to walk silently around the fortified city of Jericho once a day for six days and then on the seventh day walk around seven times?
During the seventh spin around the walls, the priests were told to blow their trumpets while everyone shouted at the top of their voices.
Then the walls came a-tumblin’ down.
God already told Joshua the victory was a done deal.
The city of Jericho would be destroyed.
Fear of the Israelites and their God would fill the hearts of the Canaanites.
So, why the week of walking around the city?
Why didn’t God just level the towering 20-foot thick walls and be done with it? Why did he tell the army and priests to follow his instructions and walk around the city walls for seven days?
That’s what I think.
God certainly didn’t need Joshua’s help to destroy Jericho. He used Joshua, but didn’t need him. God allowed Joshua, the army, and the priests to be a part of the victory, but he didn’t need them to accomplish his plan.
I believe God told the Israelites to march around the city of Jericho for seven days to see if they would be obedient in a rather simple task before he asked them to be obedient in something a little more difficult. I believe God wanted the Israelites to experience the victory that can be found in obedience to God so they would be more willing to obey further down the line.
And I believe it’s the same for us today. Don’t you?
God gives us multiple opportunities to obey him. When we do, we experience victory over sin and Satan.
We are told not to be jealous.
When someone receives an honor, or accolades we want we have the opportunity to be obedient and not become jealous.
We are told not to look down on others.
When someone crosses our path or enters our life who we might not necessarily feel is in our social circle we have the opportunity to be obedient and not think more highly of ourselves than we should.
We are told to put God first in our lives.
When some other good thing, insert your own good thing here, threatens to draw us away from time spent worshiping God we have the opportunity to be obedient and not put any person or thing before him.
As with Joshua and the battle of Jericho, Jesus has already won the battle over hell, sin, Satan, and death. The victory is ours through the Resurrected Savior. All he asks is for us to claim him as Lord of our lives and be obedient to his will. He gives us the opportunity to experience his victory through our obedience to him.
Do you think you would have been on-board to walk around Jericho seven times?
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The people of Jericho were afraid because the Israelites were near. They closed the city gates and guarded them. No one went into the city, and no one came out.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Look, I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its fighting men. March around the city with your army once a day for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets made from horns of male sheep and have them march in front of the Ark. On the seventh day march around the city seven times and have the priests blow the trumpets as they march. They will make one long blast on the trumpets. When you hear that sound, have all the people give a loud shout. Then the walls of the city will fall so the people can go straight into the city.” Joshua 6:1-5 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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