Aug 01, 2016 07:21 AM EDT
Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
6:2 Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.
6:3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.
6:4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.
6:5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in."
6:6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it."
6:7 And he ordered the people, "Advance! March around the city, with the armed guard going ahead of the ark of the LORD."
6:8 When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the LORD went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the LORD'S covenant followed them.
6:9 The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding.
The Book of Joshua tells us that we should fight, win, and break through, rather than just defending and maintaining. This book is very important since it shows how to fight in the spiritual battle. In the passage, Jericho was a difficult base to break through. However, in this battle, the Israelite gained a victory without spilling a drop of blood. This is not like a typical war. Here, God ordered something unexpected; He said them to "march around the city".
This battle actually depends on obedience. In other words, it depends on whether you believe truly in God or now. They marched the same place repeatedly every day. Until the last moment, there was no change at all. But they just kept marching again and again with faith. The battle we are daily fighting is like that. It seems you are simply repeating, but God restores something through those progresses.
Through the process, our faith is revealed; we believe that history will surely happen though you do not see any change or any tangible results for now. The ark of Noah was also built by his faith. Right after it was done completely, the rain came down with the time of Judgement. When Jesus changed water into wine, the servants did fill the jars with water. Right after they filled them to the brim, the great miracle of change was happened. While marching around the city, God looks at our faith in us though it seems meaningless.
Meanwhile, they marched centering around the ark always. There should be the word of God in the center of our heart all the time. When we have the word, we can keep the motive. We are able to know the meaning of trial, and interpret everything through the word of God. We have the ark; this is what we are different from the world.
The Israelite obeyed and moved in a perfect order as one body. Nobody complained or grumbled though nothing happened. The enemy against us is inside of us, not outside; this is impiety. Let us fight with the enemy marching sincerely following the way of God until the end.
They marched around the city once for six days, but on the seventh day they circled the city seven times. On the last day, the more you circle quickly, the more you can destroy the city. There is a period where we need to endure, also we need to move forward quickly at a certain time. Let us run toward the goal of victory powerfully without wasting precious time God allowed.