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of the children of Israel through Jordan. Joshua is ordered to circumcise the people of Israel and kept the Passover in the place called Gilgal. When the people are already enjoying the sufficiency of produce from the land, the manna ceased. As Joshua was considering how to take Jericho a Man appeared who said that He was the Captain of the host of the Lord and we believed that He is Jesus who is the Captain of our salvation. He encouraged and directed Joshua as to what to do with regards to the conquest of the land, particularly Jericho. In this chapter Joshua is assured that Jericho will be delivered into his hands. All in the city will be destroyed except Rahab and her family and their possessions. A. The commands: 1. During the first six days (vv.1-4a). 1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark.... a. And the LORD said to Joshua (v.2): Why was God so much involve in this conquest? (Ans. Being the first-fruit of the Promised Land, the city of Jericho should be entirely devoted or dedicated to God. Though, it is said here to be "given into their hand", it only means that they were given the opportunity of honoring God and employing in His service.) b. You shall march around the city (v.3): What can you say about this method of warfare? (Ans. From the military perspective, this method is absolutely non-sense. Therefore, it required total dependence on God. It required great faith from Joshua, because he had to explain and lead the nation in this plan. It required great faith from the elders and the nation, because they had to follow Joshua in this plan.) c. Trumpets of rams’ horns (v.4): Why did Jesus commanded them to use trumpets of ram's horn instead of silver trumpets in this battle? (Ans. In the 10th chapter of the Book of Numbers, trumpets are used to declare or make known something to the people. Ram's horn were made up of the basest matter and they produce the dullest sound, but the Lord chose them to declare the excellency of the power of God. It's like when Jesus have chosen His first disciples, He did not choose the wise and the mighty but He chose them that are mostly fishermen. Because, God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the 1
nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth. His job was to work. until the day I say to you. it was something that God could have done without Israel’s help at all. that all the people shall shout with a great shout. Secondly. Proceed. lacking nothing (James 1:4). theirs to be absolutely silent (v. and when you hear the sound of the trumpet.” 6 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them. His purpose is to develop patience in us in order that we might be perfect. During the final day (4b-11).. as His people circled the walls of Jericho. we won’t conquer the enemy. while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. If we can’t control our tongue. “Proceed. God prepared them in several ways. And the people shall go up every man straight before him (v. when Joshua had spoken to the people. saying. and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD. In their repeated marches around Jericho. 1:27). Our tongue will get us in big trouble (James 3:5. He gave them a realization of the impossibility of their situation.5): It was a plan for victory whereby it was clearly the work of the LORD.” 11 So he had the ark of the LORD circle the city. it is the wise man or woman who silently—without 2 . God taught them the importance of patience. The wall of the city will fall down flat.6): The ark would be prominent in this victory. but He wanted them to be a part of His work as He wants us to be a part of His work today.world to put to shame the things which are mighty (1Cor. e. Israel had to keep their hearts and minds on the LORD who was present with them. 6). and the rear guard came after the ark. d. ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout. and march around the city (v.. 4:6). 9 The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets.10). that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the LORD advanced and blew the trumpets. It is true that you have faith. His agenda is bigger than just knocking down walls. and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp. going around it once. First.7): As they marched around the walls of Jericho. Thirdly. and march around the city. when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn. f. instead of focusing on the difficulty of the task in front of them. Hebrews 6:12 says that it is through faith and patience that His promises are obtained. Therefore. Yet God gave them something to do.But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times. 5 It shall come to pass. it is there to encourage them even as it was in the crossing of the Jordan River. then the wall of the city will fall down flat. but God wants you to have patience too. 10 Now Joshua had commanded the people.) 2. 4 . but only by His Spirit (Zech.” 7 And he said to the people. Obviously. God taught them discipline. the Lord was showing His people that victory would not come through their might and power. “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice. so that Israel could work in partnership with God. “Take up the ark of the covenant. Take up the ark of the covenant (v. and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the LORD. and the priests shall blow the trumpets. as His people circled the walls of Jericho. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” 8 So it was.
” 20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. He is our sabbath. 15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early. Israel must have violated the Sabbath. lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things. in fact. 18 And you. regulations. He is the Lord of the sabbath. He gives them six more days as they watched His children walk in devotion and order. it and all who are in it. Then the people went up into the city. hence. Any comment on that? (Ans. and they took the city. by all means abstain from the accursed things. Then He gave them forty more years while His people wandered in the wilderness. 16 And the seventh time it happened. Jesus was the One who led the way and He was in the midst of His people. when the priests blew the trumpets. the ark of the covenant. their hearts were already melted.) i. and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. for the LORD has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by the LORD to destruction. every man straight before him.12-21). But the rear guard came after the ark of the LORD. she and all who are with her in the house. while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. Only Rahab the harlot shall live. and make the camp of Israel a curse.14): God’s strategy served not only to prepare the children of Israel but to provide a witness to the people of Jericho. The conquest (vv. 12 And Joshua rose early in the morning. and the people shouted with a great shout. ox and sheep and donkey. 3 . and vessels of bronze and iron. And the armed men went before them.complaint or opinion—gives God time and room to work. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp.15): This march took place over a period of seven days. because she hid the messengers that we sent. those things are replaced by our relationship with Him. Rules. are consecrated to the LORD. God gave the inhabitants of Canaan four hundred years to repent. Abstain from the accursed things (v. 19 But all the silver and gold. So they did six days. h. that Joshua said to the people: “Shout. According to Rahab. both man and woman. Here. and rituals were only necessary during His absence but in His presence.18): This means the idols and things associated with the demonic and morally corrupt worship of the people of Canaan. 13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually and blew with the trumpets. On the seventh day (v. with the edge of the sword. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city. g. and the trumpets playing were all to be a witness to the inhabitants of Jericho. People walking in quietness and tranquility. about the dawning of the day. and trouble it. young and old. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. B. While the Israelites were in Egypt. they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. God was giving them one last chance to come to Him. So they did six days (v. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet. that the wall fell down flat.
” 23 And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab. saying. in the One who rescued us from the walls of sin surrounding us. If God knocks down a wall between you and another and then you say. the most dangerous place in the city was. So she dwells in Israel to this day. because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. Only the silver and gold. you are no longer estranged.) C. her father’s household. k. 24 But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. by God’s grace and mercy. and with his youngest he shall set up its gates. “Maybe I should not have forgiven him. Because the greatest sins of the Canaanites were spiritual as described in Deut. the safest place to be. he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn.26-27). 18:9-14. Don’t let your soul become like concrete. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. Don’t harden your heart. 22 But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country. The wall would have been the most dangerous place to live—unless you knew God.) D. they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. her brothers. her father. The curse (vv. We don’t need to be baptized to be saved. but was an indication of what was taking place in Rahab’s heart. He rebuilt Jericho—but his oldest and youngest son died in the process. 26 Then Joshua charged them at that time. The clemency (vv. In 1 Kings 16:34. Maybe I’m being taken advantage of. with the wall flat on the ground.21): Why was Israel commanded to execute such complete destruction? (Ans.” in a way you are rebuilding the wall. But the scarlet cord was an outward sign of an inward belief. Go into the harlot’s house (v. “Cursed be the man before the LORD who rises up and builds this city Jericho. How come it was still standing? (Ans. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city (v. Yet because Rahab knew God. Don’t undo what God has done. as you swore to her. Cursed be the man before the LORD who rises up and builds this city Jericho (v. Instead. for her. enter into fresh fellowship with the One from whom. 2:15) that fell. l. we read of a man named Hiel who did this.22-25). But it is an outward sign to others of our faith in the One who died and rose for us. The scarlet cord hanging from Rahab’s window wasn't necessary for the safety Rahab’s house. It wasn’t necessary for salvation. 4 . His oldest and youngest son would die. for evidently her house was the only part of the wall left standing. and from there bring out the woman and all that she has. 25 And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot. and all that she had. you’ll pay a terrible price. and all that she had. and the vessels of bronze and iron.26): He who tried to rebuild the walls of Jericho would pay a great price. her mother.j.22): Rahab’s house was part of the wall of Jericho (Jos. and his fame spread throughout all the country. Surely.” 27 So the LORD was with Joshua. “Go into the harlot’s house. The same is true with baptism.
God was wiping the land clean so that His people would not be defiled and His great plan of salvation frustrated. The Canaanites have sinned. as we seek to conquer territory for the Lord. we don't have to follow the same procedure Joshua used. His plans may seem foolish to you. God commanded the destruction of the entire population of Jericho because its people were wicked sinners with whom God had been patient for years. He will tell you how to do it. They knew that judgment was coming and could have followed the example of Rahab and been delivered if they had exercised faith. but we can obey the same principles of faith and obedience. but they always work if you obey by faith. just as people are doing today! Christ died for the sins of the world but we need to trust Him or else we die in our own sins.Conclusion: If God calls you to do His work. Likewise today. Are you sharing the good news of the gospel? 5 .
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