How do you prepare yourself for an impending struggle/ altercation?
In chapter 1, we see God's charge to Joshua and how he prepares the people to enter the Promised Land. In chapter 2, we learn how Rahab protects the spies. In chapter 3, the children of Israel cross the Jordan River. In chapter 4, the people build a monument to God. In chapter 5, the nation of Israel reaffirms their commitment to God and Joshua meets an angel. Now in chapter 6, the story of the walls of Jericho falling.
The city of Jericho was probably the oldest city on the planet. In certain spots, it had walls 25 feet high and 20 feet wide. Soldiers could see for miles while standing guard on top of them. Jericho was an image of military might and power, which the Canaanites thought was invincible.
Israel would assault this city first, its obliteration would place the dread of Israel into the hearts of the Canaanites. The Canaanites considered Israel's God to be a nature god for separating the Jordan river and as a war god for vanquishing Sihon and Og. They did not feel that Israel's God could beat a walled city. Jericho's annihilation indicated that the God of Israel was better than the Canaanite divine beings and that He was invincible.
God revealed to Joshua that Jericho was already defeated and surrendered to his hand. How confident Joshua more likely had been as he went into the fight. All Christians battle against a vanquished adversary, Satan, which Christ defeated (Romans 8:37-39; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8).
Despite the fact that we face conflicts each day and sin is out of control on the planet, we have the affirmation that the war has just been won. Try not to be incapacitated by the intensity of a vanquished foe, we can overcome the adversary through the power of Christ.
For what reason did God give Joshua all these intricate guidelines for the battle? A few answers are conceivable:
It probably appeared to be odd to the Israelites that, rather than facing the enemy in battle, they were going to walk around the city for seven days. This was God's arrangement, and the Israelites had an ensured triumph if they would follow it (Joshua 6:2). As abnormal as the arrangement sounded, it worked.
God's directions may expect us to do things that do not bode well from the start. Indeed, even as we follow Him, we may think about how things can work out. Like the Israelites, take each day in turn and follow bit by bit. We may not see the rationale of God's arrangement until after we have obeyed Him. (Joshua 2:15, Deuteronomy 20:17, Numbers 31:32-33, Hebrews 11:30, Deuteronomy 20:16)
When Preparing for Battle, We Should:
Increase in Power:
Seek Cover When Needed: