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6 Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. 2 But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. 3 You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. 4 Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. 5 When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”
6 So Joshua called together the priests and said, “Take up the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and assign seven priests to walk in front of it, each carrying a ram’s horn.” 7 Then he gave orders to the people: “March around the town, and the armed men will lead the way in front of the Ark of the Lord.”
8 After Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests with the rams’ horns started marching in the presence of the Lord, blowing the horns as they marched. And the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant followed behind them. 9 Some of the armed men marched in front of the priests with the horns and some behind the Ark, with the priests continually blowing the horns. 10 “Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11 So the Ark of the Lord was carried around the town once that day, and then everyone returned to spend the night in the camp.
12 Joshua got up early the next morning, and the priests again carried the Ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests with the rams’ horns marched in front of the Ark of the Lord, blowing their horns. Again the armed men marched both in front of the priests with the horns and behind the Ark of the Lord. All this time the priests were blowing their horns. 14 On the second day they again marched around the town once and returned to the camp. They followed this pattern for six days.
15 On the seventh day the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times.16 The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!17 Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed[a] as an offering to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies.
18 “Do not take any of the things set apart for destruction, or you yourselves will be completely destroyed, and you will bring trouble on the camp of Israel.19 Everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the Lord and must be brought into his treasury.”
20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it. 21 They completely destroyed everything in it with their swords—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys.
22 Meanwhile, Joshua said to the two spies, “Keep your promise. Go to the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.”
23 The men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, mother, brothers, and all the other relatives who were with her. They moved her whole family to a safe place near the camp of Israel.
24 Then the Israelites burned the town and everything in it. Only the things made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron were kept for the treasury of the Lord’s house.25 So Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute and her relatives who were with her in the house, because she had hidden the spies Joshua sent to Jericho. And she lives among the Israelites to this day.
26 At that time Joshua invoked this curse:
“May the curse of the Lord fall on anyone
who tries to rebuild the town of Jericho.
At the cost of his firstborn son,
he will lay its foundation.
At the cost of his youngest son,
he will set up its gates.”
27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land.
Some lessons are taught. Other lessons are caught.
“Be strong and courageous.”
How did they learn to do that and not fear? How did they grow their faith in the face of impossible odds?
In Week 1, the Big Idea was that A Warrior’s courage to win the PRESENT battle is fueled by evidence from the PAST.
But what if you’re a new Christian or maybe even somebody who’s been a Christian for a while but your faith really hasn’t matured much. You would say, I don’t really have evidence in my life to fuel my faith. I hear all these stories from the last and their good, but I don’t have stuff like that to fuel my courage, to fuel my faith. What do I do?
The Israelites marching with Joshua to Jericho just re-established their covenant with God. Yes, they’ve seen some things. They’ve got a past to lean into, but in some respects this is all still very new to them. They just celebrated Passover for the first time ever. This God they are following is no longer just their parents’ God. This isn’t just their parents faith or their parents church. This has become their faith, and they’re new to it. This is the first time they’ve stood on their own and walked out their faith, and they must have had some fear.
And now they hear this crazy plan from Joshua and are probably thinking “Wait now. You want me to do what?”
We all have fears. We would say that we don’t, but we do.
Whenever FEAR is up, FAITH is down. Whenever FAITH is up, FEAR is down.
You want me to do what?
What is this supposed to accomplish?
It’s not likely that we will ever have a Jericho moment, so how is this applicable in our lives?
This is about growing faith. How do you grow your faith?
As your FAITH grows, here’s what you’re realize:
We don’t fight FOR the win.
We fight FROM the win!
Joshua 6:2 - But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.
Psalm 108:13 Good News Translation (GNT) - With God on our side we will win; he will defeat our enemies.
Deut 20:4 - For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!’
Romans 8:31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
1 John 5:4 New Living Translation (NLT)
4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
Proverbs 21:31 New Living Translation (NLT)
31 ...the victory belongs to the Lord.
Big Idea: Faith-filled Warriors are Fearless because they know the outcome relies on God.
He has already laid out for you the road victory. You just have to start walking in its path.
For those who love God, the journey you are on every day may not look good or feel good but you can be SURE God has a plan for you. 1 Corinthians 2 says that our minds cannot even conceive of just how great the plan God is working IS & WILL BE.
If you’ll just begin following behind him, even if you don’t understand, and don’t see the way, SEEK the UNSEEN, and He’ll show it to you along the way.