Joshua 6:1-21 Israel has finally crossed the Jordan. They have prepared themselves spiritually and they have, thus far, followed God’s orders to the letter. Now, they are ready to begin the conquest of the Promised Land. They are ready to claim for themselves the land that flowed with milk and honey. However, like most things in life that are worth having, it wouldn’t come cheap!
Now, just for a moment, try to put yourself into the shoes of the average Israelite soldier. For most of these men, Jericho was the first city they had ever seen that was surrounded by huge walls. It must have looked like and absolute impossibility to many. However, they listened to the instructions they were given by the Lord and they saw those massive walls fall down flat.
This morning, many in these services may question the fact that we are preaching from a book that is old and that is all about battles and wars. It is my opinion that the book of Joshua is very relevant to today’s Christians. Folk, we are living in days of battle and spiritual struggle. We need to know how to fight. We need to know that our God is able to give the victory. We need to know how to follow Him to that victory. Joshua teaches us those valuable lessons!
Just as Israel faced the formidable walls of Jericho, you and I face walls and obstacles in our lives as well. We need to know how to overcome them as we march towards the victory. This passage holds that answer for us today. Let’s watch Israel conquer Jericho and as we do, let’s let the Lord teach us How To Make Our Walls Fall Don Flat.
Verse 1 ISRAEL HAD A PROBLEM
Ill. Jericho is known as the oldest city in the world, in Joshua’s day, it was surrounded by a system of two massive stone walls. The outer wall was 6 ft. thick and about 20 ft. high. The inner wall was about 12 ft. thick and was 30 ft. high. Between the walls was a guarded walkway about 15 ft. wide. Israel’s problem was that they had a city to conquer, but there were some extremely huge walls in the way.
As we go through life, we have obstacles that we face as well
We must learn not to look upon our obstacles as dead-ends, but as opportunities for the Lord to work in our lives!
(Ill. The great Apostle Paul had such an obstacle – 2 Cor. 12:7-10 – This attitude is foreign to us this morning. Yet, we must come to realize that the power of God is best revealed in and through us when we are unable to handle life. God is more clearly visible when we are totally out of the picture! In a sense, that is what He did with Israel here. As we will see, He completely removed them from the equation! The victory at Jericho was all God!)
Verse 2 ISRAEL HAD A PROMISE
As Joshua and all the men of war stood looking at those walls around that great city, God had a word of comfort for their hearts! Here, God promises Israel the victory before they ever attack Jericho!
He lets them know about the conclusion before they ever enter into their battle!
As we face our obstacles, whatever they may be we can do so with confidence, because we have the Lord’s promises as banners to march under:
1. We Have His Promise That Our Weapons Are Powerful Through God – 2 Cor. 10:4-5.
2. We Have His Promise That all things work together – Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17.
3. We Have His Promise That I can do all things– Phil. 4:13; Eph. 3:20.
4. We Have His Promise to be strong in the Lord and in the power – Eph. 6:10.
5. We Have His Promise that said thank be to God who gives us the victory – 1 Cor. 15:57.
6. We Have His Promise That He will never leave us alone – Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20.
7. We Have His Promise That we don’t have to be troubled because He has prepared a place for us – John 14:1-3.
As we face the walled cities in our lives, we need to learn to believe the Lord, to take Him at His Word and trust Him for our victories! (Rom. 4:21; 2 Cor. 1:20)
I. Israel Had A Problem
II. Israel Had A Promise
Verse 3-5 ISRAEL HAD A PRAISE
Ill. The context. Israel marched around the city in obedience to the Lord and they prevailed! (Ill. The absurdity of the command! Can you imagine how the people in Jericho must have reacted? They saw the armies of Israel approaching their city and they probably thought that they were about to be invaded by the enemy. Then, just as Israel came near the city, they turned and began to march around the walls. I can see those inside Jericho as they ran to see where the Israelites would mount their attack. However, instead of attacking, the soldiers, and the priests merely marched around the city one time. All that was heard was the sound of the ram’s horn trumpets and the pounding of the soldier’s feet upon the ground. This was repeated for 6 days. By this time, the people in Jericho were no doubt mocking and jeering the Israelites. Then on the seventh day, they compassed the city seven times. When they had finished that seventh lap, the priests gave a long blast on the trumpets and the people of Israel shouted with a great shout! It wasn’t the shout of an attacking army, it wasn’t a shout of fear, but it was a shout raised in praise to their God Who had promised them the victory. When the people shouted, the walls fell down flat and Israel ran into the city and utterly destroyed it. Theirs was a great victory!)
You ask why seven times? What’s the significance of seven?
Jacob serving seven years for a bride
Israelites are given over to Midian seven years
Samson’s wife weeping before him seven days
took Solomon seven years to build the temple
just man falleth seven times and riseth up again
seven men appointed to serve the people
In Revelation we find seven angels, seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials, seven horns, seven candlesticks, seven stars, seven plagues, seven spirits, seven eyes, seven lamps, seven thunders, seven heads, seven crowns, seven mountains, seven kings
Seven “I Am”
6:35 I am the bread of life
8:12 I am the light of the world
10:9 I am the door
10:11 I am the good shepherd
11:25 I am the resurrection and the life
14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life
15:1 I am the true vine
Most of all there were The Seven Statements of Jesus from The Cross.