September 29, 2018

Joshua 6:1 -5…Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel, none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war, you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the rams’ horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout, then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

The scripture in Joshua 6 was written fully from verses one to five for us to see the specific way that God fights for His children. Joshua was to lead the children of Israel to their promised land, and they had already conquered some cities and the news had gotten to Jericho and they were sore afraid of them that all their gates were securely shut and none went in and none went out, God was the One fighting their battle for them. As you have read, God told them to walk round the city once a day, and on the 7th day, walk round it 7 times and when they hear the sound of the trumpet they should shout and the fortified wall of Jericho will fall down flat. The first aspect was the fact  that the city already knew that God was the  One fighting for them and they were counting their days and could not go out or come in. There was nothing they could do, even hearing them and seeing them walked round the city. They did not know what was going to happen but they knew they were dead men and women waiting for the judgment day. The second thing to note was the instruction given to the children of Israel. Walk round the entire city once each day. What could be going through the mind of the children of Israel while they walked round the city can only be imagined. God was letting them learn obedience which is very important to God. God knew what He wanted to do within the six days of their walking round the city. The fact that the wall of the city that was securely fortified could fall down without any machinery of any form confirmed the writing of Paul to the Corinthians that says, ” the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).  This was a practical demonstration of what God can do when God is fighting your battle. But for God to fight for you, you need to be on the LORD’s side.You need to be obedient to His commandments. He is a mighty warrior in battle. He has different strategies of fighting the enemy, and the enemy can never win the battle against God.

Do you remember a similar episode when our Lord Jesus had been crucified and laid to rest in the tomb, and the authorities went to secure the tomb so as to prevent the body from being  stolen, so that the disciples would not come up with the excuse that he had been  raised from the dead?.The Bible says “And behold, there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came, and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him, the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.” (Matthew 28:2-4). Who can fight against God? No one! It is good for God to fight for you. Exodus 14:14 says The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace”. Indeed, throughout the journey of the children of Israel through the wilderness, the LORD fought for them, they conquered many lands which Joshua divided among each tribe.

Brothers and sisters, let us submit to God’s leadership completely, and see how He will demonstrate his love for you by watching over you and putting all your enemies under your feet.permanently. It is well with you in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer…Lord subdue all my enemies and put them to shame in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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