Joshua 6: 1. Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. 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.” 8. When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. 9. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10. But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11. So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there. 12. Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13. The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14. So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. 15. On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! – Bible Offline, NIV. bible offline
Joshua is a warrior that led the Israelites to the land that God has promised to Abraham’s descendants to inherit. Canaan is a land that is “like the Garden of Eden” (Gen 13:10)
Genesis 13: 10. Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) – Bible Offline
Canaan is a city that’s build inside the wall of Jericho. Who’s people are like Giants and great warriors. But God promised the Israelites this land as their inheritance as children of God. He wants the Israelites to make this their dwelling place. A land that is full of God’s promise and his presence and grace. God has commanded Joshua to lead the whole tribe of Israelites to conquer the land. God has given Joshua a specific instructions on what he has to do to have the victory that he intend for them.
Joshua obeyed what God has commanded him and has the faith on God for their victory. He has led them to march around the walls for 7day, one round for 6 days and 7 rounds on the 7th day. With the blowing of horns and shout of praise the walls came crushing down. And the Israelites was able to conquer the land without anyone perishing from them in the battle.
In our life we all have a circumstances that we live in. Walls and giants that we face everyday. May it be in our relationship with our family, friends and colleagues. A lack in our finance, a loss in our life. A situation where in the odds are against us, an insurmountable fear will set in. But take heart and do not be discourage, for our God has promised us that victory is Ours. His grace and love for us is sufficient to overcome every fear in our life. We have to be like Joshua that obeys what God wants us to do. Set your eyes on the promises of God through the lens of faith.
Obedience to our God will lead to our deliverance in every walls and giants we face. Our God is faithful and full of grace and love for us.
Jesus is calling to each and everyone of us to let him be the Lord and saviour of our soul. He is calling us to have a personal relationship with Him.