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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Joshua and the battle of Jericho.....

Joshua ch 6:
The Lord God told Joshua: “See, I have given into your hand Jericho, and the king thereof and the mighty men of valour. And you shall surround the city, all the men of war, and go round about the city once. This shall you do for 6 days. And 7 priests shall bear before the ark a trumpet each, a trumpet made of rams’ horns;

and the 7th day they shall surround the city 7 times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”

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

And he said unto the people, “Pass on, and surround the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord.”

And so they did, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the 7 priests bearing the 7 trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the Lord and blew with the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.

And the armed men went on front of the priests, who blew with the trumpets, and the men of war, came after the ark, the priests going on and blowing with the trumpets. And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “ You may not make any noise at all....no talking, no shouting... not until I tell you to......Then you can shout.....

So the ark of the Lord,and all the army came the city, going about it once; and they came back into the camp and lodged in the camp.

And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets; and the armed men went before them, but the rearward came after the ark of the Lord, the priests going on and blowing with the trumpets.

And the second day they compassed the city once and returned into the camp.
So they did six days.

And it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, Only on that day they compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, “Shout! For the Lord hath given you the city. And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all who are therein, to the Lord. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

Have you noticed anything here?

The Lord God told Joshua what to do, but......Joshua did NOT tell the people the whole story.
Joshua only told them what to do....one day at a time.....
The Lord knew........and Joshua knew...... but the people did not.......

How often does that happen with us.......?
The Lord knows.......but we do not!

What if.......

what if the people had said say, after day 4......”Come on Joshua, where is this going to get us? We are not going to keep going....this is not funny!”

How often have we, if not said it, then at least thought it....”Come on Lord.....where is this going to get me......I am stopping....nothing is happening.....

Thankfully, the people did not say anything....we don’t know what they might have been thinking, but nothing was said, and by the 7th day....I am sure, they mudt have thought....”Man, am I glad I did not say anything.....
as on the 7th day....it all happened...... the walls came tumbling down......
Wait on the Lord.......and your walls will also come tumbling down!
Thank You Susan...