“And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.”
About forty years had passed since the Lord had delivered His people from Egyptian bondage. The parents of the Israelites who were now being lead by Joshua, all died in the wilderness, never experiencing the conditionally promised rest. They never entered into the Promised Land, or rest and victory, because of unbelief. Though the Lord demonstrated through convincing miracles and tender watch care, that He had their best interest at heart, and all things under control, they faltered. Though He never went back on a promise, or neglected to give them victories over their enemies when they were faithful, they were still a stiff-necked and disrespectful people.
The time had finally come. The Lord was about to reward the faith of the original former slaves’ children, and they would soon receive the promise. They were about to enter the Promised Land. How must it have felt when they approached the walls of Jericho? Their fearless leader was one of two spies that reported many years ago that they could take the city with the Lord as their leader. He was not intimidated at all by the apparent might of their enemies, because he was well acquainted with, and convinced of the absolute power of God to vanquish all of His enemies.
After having an encounter with Christ and receiving explicit instructions on how to take the city, God’s people were arrayed in the formation God had given. Each day, for six days, they were to compass the city one time. On the seventh day, they were to march around it seven times. “And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city. 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. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.” Joshua 6:15, 16, 20, 21.
This story is thrilling, because it is a symbol for us today. The Lord has been delivering people from sin for many years. He has proven His faithfulness to us by many miracles of His grace, and the Promised Land is in view. Unfortunately, some that had been formerly delivered will not enter in to the promise because of unbelief, but this need not be the case. We have the privilege to know, based on those who have viewed the land, like Enoch and Elijah that we can have it too. The Lord has empowered us to compass the walls of trials and tribulation to see them one day come crashing down. The Lord, the Captain of the heavenly hosts, will soon remove the enemy forever and we will inherit the land flowing with milk and honey. Momentarily, Jesus will descend with all of the angels. Those who remain faithful will shout with thanksgiving, “This is our God. He is finally here to rescue us. Praise the Lord!” Get ready to shout!
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L. David Harris is an editor, public speaker, voiceover artist, freelance writer, graphics artist, and author with almost 20 years of professional experience.