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Today we are talking about The Walls of Jericho.

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Joshua 6:16 (ESV)

16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city.

Scripture Reading

Joshua 6:1-27 (ESV)

The Fall of Jericho

6 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 

2 And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 

3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 

4 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 

5 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” 

6 So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” 

7 And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the Lord.”

8 And just as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the Lord following them. 

9 The armed men were walking before the priests who were blowing the trumpets, and the rear guard was walking after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually. 

10 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.” 

11 So he caused the ark of the Lord to circle the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.

12 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 

13 And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets blew continually. 

14 And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.

15 On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. 

16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city. 

17 And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. 

18 But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it. 

19 But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” 

20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. 

21 Then they devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.

22 But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.” 

23 So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel. 

24 And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 

25 But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26 Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.

“At the cost of his firstborn shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.”

27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.

Hebrews 11:30 (ESV)

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

Prayer

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

The name Jericho means “fragrant.”

It’s also called “the city of palm trees’ in Deuteronomy 34:3.

Jericho is located just over eight kilometres west of the Jordan river and about eleven and a half kilometres north of the Dead Sea and is about two hundred and fifty meters below sea level.

Jericho stood opposite Mount Nebo.

Joshua 2:15 tells us it was surrounded by walls, and had a gate that was closed at night, and was ruled by a king.

Jericho is possibly the oldest city in the world. 

In the winter it became a resort town for people fleeing the colder weather of the Palestinian hill country.

The presence of many springs makes Jericho a green oasis in the middle of the dry Jordan rift area.

The first account of Jericho in the Bible is in Joshua 6, the story of the capture of the Canaanite city by Joshua and God’s people.

The miracle of Jericho’s walls falling down is recorded in Joshua 6:20 (ESV)

20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.

Anyone who believes in God’s power to foreknow and His power to act and direct, will have no trouble believing in the miracle of the destruction of Jericho’s walls.

At a specified juncture on the seventh day, after the people had circled the city seven times, the walls fell down.

God had worked another miracle for His people.

It was fitting that the first time Israel crossed swords with their deadly and dreaded enemies, God intervened to hearten His people, His warriors.

Miracles show us God’s power.

Gos is as much with us in our battles as He was with Joshua and His people when they marched around Jericho.

Let’s look at some of the great truths in this miracle for us.

  1. The walls of Jericho fell by faith.

The writer of Hebrews said in Hebrews 11:30 (ESV)

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

Faith in God is essential to salvation, to those who do God’s work, and to the Christian life.

We must believe that God is God, God is powerful, and God acts.

Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Matthew 9:29 (ESV)

29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”

Mark 9:23 (ESV)

23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

Faith is the victory! Let me say that again faith is the victory!

Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.

2. The walls of Jericho fell when God’s people followed His plan and His people.

The plan for conquering Jericho was simple.

The people were to march around Jericho once for six days.

In the seventh day they were to march around Jericho seven times, blow a long trumpet blast, shout with a great shout, and the walls would fall.

God’s leader was Joshua.

So what kind of man was he?

  1. Called by God.

Joshua 1:5-6 (ESV)

5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.

B. Faithful

C. Positive.

D. Filled with God’s word.

Joshua 1:7-8 (ESV)

7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 

8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Israel followed God’s plan and God’s leader.

We always have victory when we follow God’s plan for our lives.

3. The walls of Jericho fell when God’s will was done without questioning.

Six days God’s people were to walk around Jericho without speaking a word!

On the seventh day, they were to walk around Jericho seven times without a word.

No reason had been given for this silence.

The entire plan for conquering Jericho had explained to Joshua.

He knew what God was doing. 

Joshua 6:10 (ESV)

10 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.”

The hardest thing for Israel to do was to be silent.

The grim silence of the people must have been impressive.

How long could we do the Lord’s work in silence without questioning?

4. The walls of Jericho fell for God’s glory.

When we have faith to follow the Lord and His plan and leaders, victory will come, and glory will go to God.

Only Rahab and are family were spared in the conquest of Jericho.

Rahab’s faith led her to break from her sins.

God will receive glory when He saves you and when you serve Him.

Hebrews 11:31 (ESV)

31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

Ruth 4:18-21 (ESV)

The Genealogy of David

18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 

19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 

20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 

21 Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed,

Matthew 1:5 (ESV)

5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,

Rahab was the mother of Boaz, the great grandmother of King David, and an ancestor of Jesus.

Conclusion.

Put your faith in our miracle working Lord.

Until next time

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