I was reading through Joshua chapter 6 and I wanted to share some insights I gleaned on the story of Joshua and the Walls of Jericho.
6:1 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in.
Imagine a place that was really guarded tight. Walls were so thick and the people inside knew something was going to attack them. But Jericho was not the fleeing type – it was the fighting type. They were ready to defend their walls that was militarily almost impossible to conquer. You see, wars before were won if the enemy can penetrate behind enemy’s wall. Destroy the wall, you destroy the confidence of the army.
So what was the battle plan of Joshua. God told Joshua to march around the city for 6 days on the 7th day march around again, blow the trumpet and let the people shout and the walls of Jericho will fall.
In short, God’s battle plan was absurd, ridiculous and weird. In man’s battle plan – this is a suicide.
Let’s stop for a moment and let me take you to the scene. Joshua and his men were not some weak men who don’t know how to go to battle. They were experienced soldiers and warriors. They were brute, big and have killed thousands in battle. They were feared by the people. They looked like the GI JOE and the Expendables combined. They were men of war not some sissy weak men.
They have what it takes to penetrate the walls of Jericho by sheer human strength but God had other plans. And good thing they followed God’s battle plan.
And here was the result:
Joshua 6:20 English Standard Version (ESV)
20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.
Men, we go to war everyday. We have battles we need to fight but we have to remember that the battles we fight belongs to the Lord. We tap into his great power and grace every single day of our lives no matter how ridiculous, absurd and weird it might be. God’s ways are better than our ways.