“So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.” Joshua 6:20 (ESV)
What does this verse mean to us?
This Bible verse comes from the story of Joshua. In this story, Joshua was a servant of the Lord. One day, Joshua was visited by a man with a sword in his hand. When Joshua saw the man, he asked: “Are you with us, or our enemies?” The commander replied by telling Joshua that he was the commander of the Lord’s army.
When Joshua heard this, he bowed to the commander and asked him what the Lord wanted him to do. The commander told Joshua that the land he was standing on was Holy, so he had to take off his sandals. Joshua removed his sandals, just as the commander told him.
Next, the Lord told Joshua that he was going to give him a city. He told him that he was to take the ark of the covenant and march around the city of Jericho with all of his men for six days. Joshua was surprised at God command, as the city of Jericho was very large and it was guarded by a great army. The Lord told Joshua that his seven priests were to carry seven trumpets before the ark of the covenant.
On the seventh day, Joshua and the people were to march around the city seven times, and then have the priests blow the trumpets. God told Joshua that when the horns were blown, the people were to all shout and once, and the walls would fall down.
Joshua went to his people and told them what the Lord had commanded and his people did just that. One the seventh day, after marching around Jericho seven times, the people blew their trumpets and shouted, and the great walls fell down.
This story shows us that God fulfilled his promise to Joshua. When God told Joshua what to do, he did it, and was rewarded for his faithfulness. It’s even believed that when Joshua told his people what the Lord had commanded, they doubted him, as marching around a city blowing trumpets didn’t seem like a good way to knock it down. But, Joshua persisted and his people did what he told them, and God did just as He said He would.
Even though God’s command didn’t make a lot of sense to Joshua, he trusted in God and convinced his people to trust in God as well. Because they believed, they were rewarded with the whole city of Jericho.
In the same way, if we obey God’s commands, even when they don’t make much sense to us, God will reward and bless us for our obedience.
Let’s start the week with a prayer.
Thank you for the story of Joshua and the wall of Jericho. Thank you for what it teaches us about your faithfulness. Help us to trust in your Word and be obedient to you always. Amen.”
-J. Edwards Holt
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