Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jericho Joshua 6

Joshua 6:20 "So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city."

Jericho was the first victory in Canaan for the children of Israel. The LORD gave them a very unusual strategy to follow. They marched around the city, blew trumpets and shouted.

v3 "And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days."

Then we have the verse of sevens. Makes one want to go study numbers and what they mean.

v4 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."

God remembered Rahab, the woman who helped the two spies. Joshua sent the two spies into Jericho to get Rahab out along with her family and belongings. They knew her house by the scarlet thread or cord. v23

There was one caution for everyone. Nothing was to be taken for personal possession. Everything except what was brought into the treasury was considered accursed. Put someone did take something and we will study that in the next chapter. v26.

Just a comment concerning the walls falling down after the marching around it and the sound of the trumpets and shouting. I used to not understand the power of sound. It does have destructive power, however. You can feel vibration from sound. It stands to reason that the right combination of sound could cause a structure to crumble. Some time back I saw a documentary on what they called the string theory. They concluded that the very smallest thing that atoms were made up of were sound waves. They are still studying that. I just want to throw in a few verses from John chapter 1.

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God, ALL things were made by him and without him was not any thing made that was made."

In the creation we read in Genesis 1 that "God said..." . He spoke it into existence. I might add that he also maintains its existence as well.

Colossians 1:16 "For by him were all things created..." v17 "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."

I cannot prove it and would not try to. But I believe that if we could get to the smallest element of creation we would find the voice of God. The creation is made up of His word.

"Preserve me, O God, for in thee do I put my trust." Psalms 16:1

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