…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14
Continuing on with the book of Joshua, from part 1 of the story, Click here ….
Joshua 6:1-5 (NIV)
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 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. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
After Joshua took off his sandals,
humbled and submitted himself before the Lord,
God spoke to him clearly and precisely,
God gave him a detailed audacious plan,
and predicted the spectacular outcome.
We know that Joshua was a mighty warrior (Exodus 17:8-16)
but this time God had a different way to triumph over the enemy,
a battle plan not based on brute force and might,
but by silence and only one faith shout in unity,
and solely by God’s power,
“the wall of the city will collapse”
For Joshua and the Israelites,
it was a step of faith,
simply standing on God’s promise, word and direction.
Indeed it is not easy for the Israelite army to march round 6 days in silence around the city, while the people of Jericho jeered, cajoled, provoked, taunt them, high from their solid fortress.
By not attacking and just silently march round the city, they could be easy targets for the Jericho army who were on the higher ground.
But this was God’s plan, God’s way.
The victory was to be gained in weakness, … not in strength.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
May we have His strength to stand on the Lord’s side …
standing steadfastly on His word,
“have the whole army give a loud shout;
the wall of the city will collapse”
Stand steadfastly, firmly on His word,
even though His ways and methods are so contrary to our experience and expertise
… even when we feel so weak and vulnerable
and all we hear the Lord saying is … “Trust me”
Hebrews 11:30 (NIV)
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
by 林弟兄, bro Lim
May 30, 2014
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