By: Ely Lagajino
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)
A group of foreigners joined our Sabbath services in a house church in one of the barrios near AUP. A loud birthday celebration was also going on about two houses from the church. The singing and shouting of drunk men competed with our worship services.
During the Divine Worship service, our foreigner speaker began by requesting us to stand and shout the name of Jesus seven times the loudest we could. He counted, “one, two, and three,” “JESUS!” he yelled as the naïve congregation did the same in softer, asynchronous tones. Our voices hardly reached the ceiling. Our speaker appeared disappointed and said, “You are of little faith; you can’t move a mountain.” Perhaps he was adopting Joshua’s strategy in destroying Jericho.
I guess our speaker was trying to stop the loud men from disturbing our worship. But if he told us to march around the house seven times, they would probably quit.
God communicated with Joshua alone about the details of conquering Jericho. It was up to the Israelites whether or not they should believe Joshua’s command. God told Joshua to march once around the city for six days and seven times during the seventh day, followed by blowing of the trumpets and shouts after the trumpet sounds at the final round.
Joshua led Israel’s army in marching around the walled city as God commanded, without engaging in armed battle. Joshua and the selected warriors marched in front followed by the seven priests with trumpets, then the Ark of the Covenant, which symbolized God’s presence; and Israel’s army by tribes at the rear.
What an irrational manner of marching around the city daily, yet it allowed the Israelites to develop solid faith and trust in God. Salvation came from God alone, not by their wisdom and strength.
After rounding seven on the seventh day, the priests blew their trumpets. At Joshua’s command, the entire army of Israel shouted, their voices must have created a tremendous vibration as the massive walls of Jericho crumbled to ground zero… and the rest is history.
Joshua 5; Hebrews 11:30; PP pp521-523