THEY DID WHAT?!
The Israelites had no specialized military training nor siege equipment. They did not have tanks, grenades, cruise missiles, helicopters, fighter jets or bunker busting bombs. Also, their strategy was a bit on the unconventional side as well...simply march around without talking. Israel had conquered several other nations already, but nothing thus far would compare with how they were going to defeat Jericho. God’s instructions were simple, march around the city one time a day, without saying a word, and do this for six days. On day seven they were to march around the city seven times, a priest would blow a trumpet, Joshua would yell for the people to shout, the people would shout, and the mighty walls of Jericho would come tumbling down. The walls would do what?! Those walls would fall down. The only thing the Israelites had to do was obey God, and He would take care of the rest. This is precisely what happened! The Israelites obeyed, God threw down the walls, and Jericho was defeated. How many invaluable lessons are contained in this event for the Christian to learn? Let’s consider just two.
What was impossible to the Israelites, was nothing for God to accomplish. Maybe your family is facing a grueling battle with cancer, or a long-term unemployment situation, or a severely sick parent but you don’t have the finances or expertise to care for them? As impossible as the situation seems, the Christian can rest assured that God will see them through (Philippians 4:13; James 4:10). The situation may not resolve itself like we think it will or should AND it may last for months or even years. It may end and seem like nothing good came about at all. Our God reminds us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28).
It would be interesting to know what those inside the walls of Jericho were thinking while the Israelites marched around their city each day. What the Israelites were doing made absolutely no sense, at least concerning the ability to take down a fortified city wall. There may be any number of things that God requires his children to follow obediently that make no sense to us at all. It does not matter whether or not we understand why God has us do something or not to do something. God through the prophet Isaiah said, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways” (Isaiah 55:8). It is the Christian’s responsibility to trust in God and always to remember that our Heavenly Father has our best interest at heart.
What wonderful lessons our God left for us in the events that happened at Jericho, if we will but take advantage of them.