Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Joshua 6:1 (NIV)
Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
Joshua 6:1 (MSG)
Jericho was shut up tight as a drum because of the People of Israel: no one going in, no one coming out.
“Now Jericho [a fortified city with high walls] was tightly closed because [of the people’s fear] of the sons of Israel; no one went out or came in.”- AMPLIFIED
There is nothing like a good move of the Almighty to put the fear of God in people. This is exactly what we find happening in the first verse of chapter 6. Yes, God’s reputation had gone before Him; so much so that all of the city of Jericho was trembling in fear. The king ordered the gates be barred and the people were hiding behind its very tall walls. Why? Because of the Israelites! No one was allowed in or out of the city. The people of Jericho were shaking in their proverbial boots!
The Almighty One speaks to Joshua and gives him these instructions:
“I have given Jericho, its king, and all its soldiers into your hands. Every day for the next six days, you will march once around the city walls with all your fighting force. Seven priests will go in front of the covenant chest, each carrying a trumpet made from a ram’s horn. On the seventh day, you will march around the city walls seven times, and the priests will blow their trumpets. When they play a long final blast, then all the people will give a mighty shout. The city walls will collapse in front of you, and all the Israelites will charge in and take the city.” -Joshua 6:2-5 (VOICE)
So, we find Joshua obediently calling the priests to him and updating them on God’s latest plan of attack. “Take up the chest and have seven priests, each carrying a ram’s horn trumpet, march in front of the covenant chest of the Eternal.” -Joshua 6:6 (VOICE)
Turning to the people he then advises them on their part in God’s plan:
“March around the city with the fighting men marching ahead of the chest of the Eternal.” -Joshua 6:7 (VOICE)
We find the people of Israel obediently doing exactly as Joshua had instructed them to do. The line of Israel went as follows: first the fighting men, then the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord followed blowing their trumpets, then the ark of the covenant, finally the rear guard followed the ark.
Joshua was very explicit about what they were do to and not to do. “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.” -Joshua 6:10-11 (VOICE)
That was day one; as well as day two, three, four, five and six. It was not until day seven that we had any change in the pattern. On the first six days this procession marched around the walls silently, except for the blowing of the trumpets, one time, but on the seventh day things changed. On day seven the procession marched around the city seven times. This day God would fulfill His promise to them. This day the dream that they had been holding onto for forty years would finally come to pass.
We serve a God who not only makes promises, but He accomplishes them. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this, “Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.” -2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (MSG)
Remember too, we serve a God who can do the impossible. Jesus reminds us that, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26 (ESV)
Has God made you a promise? Has He spoke words of prophecy over you? Do you have dreams that He has placed in your heart? If so, hold on to those promises, prophecies and dreams; God will bring them to fulfillment. If He has made those promises you can know He is good for His Word.
Lord, yes, you have put dreams in my heart and I am holding on tightly to promises that you have made to me. Help me to trust you; that you will bring the answers in your perfect timing. God, you are able to do what to me looks impossible. I believe that you are the one and only God; nothing is impossible for you. Fulfill your promises and allow your name to receive all the glory, Lord! You are unstoppable!