“And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him…” (Josh. 6:2-5).
Unlike any military conquest, the battle of Jericho would take on a different approach. The Lord provides Joshua with a strategy that, in modern times, would seem ridiculous. However, after having witnessed multiple miracles, including:
1) the parting of the Red Sea and the Jordan River, 2) the ten plagues in Egypt, and 3) the miraculous maintenance of Israel’s basic human needs during the wilderness period (to name a few), it would not be difficult to believe that God would be able to bring this victory to pass.
This approach is more symbolic of a ritual than warfare. It is more akin to worship than it is to battle.
How many times have you been faced with a situation and heard the Voice of the Lord say, “Just worship...”? Worship sets up an atmosphere that invites God’s Divine Presence to come and inhabit this designated space. When we honor God with our worship, He begins to move Heaven and earth to meet us at the point of our need. He responds by putting our enemy to flight and raises an impenetrable hedge of protection around us. He leads us forward into victory…all because we trusted Him and His strategy for “taking the city” (Josh. 6:2,16).
If we believe this is possible in our contemporary culture, then imagine what it must have been like in the days of Joshua…