In chapter one, we see God’s charge to Joshua and how Joshua readies the people to enter the Promised Land. In chapter two, we learn how Rahab safeguards the spies. In chapter three, the children of Israel cross the Jordan River. In chapter four, the people assemble a monument to God. In chapter five, the nation of Israel reaffirms its obligation to God and Joshua meets a holy messenger. Presently in chapter six, we learn of the tale regarding the walls of Jericho falling down.
The city of Jericho, assembled millennia before Joshua was conceived, was probably the most seasoned (oldest) city on the planet. In certain spots, its strengthened walls were up to twenty-five feet high and twenty feet thick. Soldiers that were standing watch on top of the walls could see for a significant distance. Jericho was an image of military strength and power, and the Canaanites considered it invulnerable.
Israel would assault this city first, and its annihilation would place the apprehension about Israel into the core of each individual in Canaan. The Canaanites saw Israel's God as a nature god since he separated the Jordan and as a conflict god since he crushed Sihon and Og. Yet, the Canaanites did not think of him as a fortress god, one who could beat a walled city. The loss of Jericho showed not just that Israel's God was better than the Canaanite divine beings, yet additionally that he was also invulnerable. (Joshua 5:1)
God revealed Joshua that Jericho was surrendered to his hand and that the adversary was already crushed, they just did not know it. What certainty Joshua more than likely had as he headed off to war. Christians likewise battle against a crushed foe. Our adversary, Satan, has been crushed by Christ (Romans 8:37-39; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8). Despite the fact that we actually face conflicts consistently and sin spins out of control on the planet, we have the confirmation that the conflict has as of now been won. We do not need to be deadened by the force of a crushed foe; we can defeat him through Christ (Deuteronomy 7:24; Joshua 10:8).
For what reason did the Lord give Joshua these confounded guidelines for the fight? A few responses are conceivable. First, God was making obvious that the fight would rely upon him and not upon Israel's weapons or aptitude. For this reason, the priests that were conveying the ark, not the warriors, drove the Israelites into the fight. Second, God's techniques for taking the city emphasized the fear previously felt in Jericho (Joshua 2:9). Third, this odd military move was a trial of the Israelite's confidence and their ability to totally follow God (Leviticus 25:9; Joshua 1:10; Joshua 3:2).
It more likely than not appeared to be bizarre to the Israelites that, rather than heading off into war, they planned to walk around the city for a whole week. In any case, this was God's arrangement, and the Israelites had a dependable triumph if they would only follow it (Joshua 6:2). As odd as the arrangement sounded, it worked. God's directions might expect us to do things that do not appear to be legit from the outset. Indeed, even as we follow him, we might think about how things might turn out. Like the Israelites, we should 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 (Deuteronomy 20:16-17; Hebrews 11:30).
For what reason did God request that the Israelites annihilate everybody and everything in Jericho? He was completing serious judgment against the underhandedness of the Canaanites. This judgment, or “prohibition,” normally expected that everything be obliterated (Deuteronomy 12:2-3 and 13:12-18). Due to their shrewd practices and extraordinary excessive idolatry, the Canaanites were a fortification of resistance to God. This danger to the blessed living that God required of his children must be eliminated. If not, it would influence all of Israel like a malignant development (a cancer). A couple of individuals and a few things in Jericho were not obliterated, however this was a unique case. Rahab and her family were saved on the grounds that she had faith in God and in light of the fact that she had helped the Israelite spies. The silver and gold were kept, not to make the people richer, however, to enhance the Tabernacle and the services held (Numbers 31:22-23).
God's motivation in all of this was to keep individuals' confidence and religious practices unblemished. He did not want the plunder to help the Israelites to remember the Canaanite rituals.
God wants virtue in every one of us also. He wants us to tidy up our lives when we start our new life with him. We should not let the longing for individual attainment divert us from our spiritual objective. We should likewise dismiss any items that celebrate a daily routine experienced in resistance to God. When preparing for battle, we are to:
We need to study the enemy’s weaknesses and strengths. We need to study the battlefield, look for mines (things hidden), the contour of land, the front lines, and look at past battles (1 Corinthians 10:13).
We need to gather supplies (tools, equipment, water, food, clothes, soldiers, leaders, instructors) and die to self and sin (Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Corinthians 15:31).
We are to continually train ourselves through teaching, instructing, to include small and large training exercises (Proverbs 22:6).
Increase in Power:
We increase in power when we remember that the Lord is the strength of our lives (Psalms 27:1).
We are not able to spend our lives totally on our knees in prayer, but we can have a continued attitude of prayer. That is when we acknowledge our dependence upon God. Frequent, short, meaningful prayers are useful but should not keep us from our actual prayer time (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18).
An interesting fact about the “whole armor of God” is that they are intended to help Christians to “stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Paul tells Timothy to “Fight the good fight of faith” which closely resembles “I have fought a good fight” (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7). Paul's utilization of a similitude of our profound fighting as a bout is actually to be expected. He likewise talked about the Christian confidence as an enclosing match or battle in 1 Corinthians 9:26, “so fight I, not as one that beateth the air,” referring to shadowboxing.
Run As Necessary:
To win a race requires discipline and a purpose. Paul utilized this outline to clarify that the Christian life takes challenging work, discipline, and overwhelming planning. As Christians, we are running toward our wonderful prize. The fundamental disciplines of Bible reading, worship, and prayer furnish us to run with power and endurance. We are not to simply watch from the cheap seats or to simply run a few laps every morning. We must prepare persistently because our spiritual development relies on it (1 Corinthians 9:24-26; Hebrews 12:1).
We Seek Cover:
We regularly run toward God when we experience challenges. In any case, David consistently looked for God's direction and presence. Whenever inconveniences came to him, he was within the sight of God and was ready to deal with any test. Christians can call to God for help whenever, not just when inconveniences come. A substantial number of our concerns could be avoided or taken care of undeniably more effectively by looking for God's direction and guidance ahead of time (Psalms 27:5; Psalms 32:7; Psalms 119:114).
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: