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Joshua 6:1 "Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. 3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him. 15 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. 16 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. 20 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."

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Nowhere does history reveal a city being taken in such an unusual way. Once a day, for six days, Israel's army marched around the formidable walls of Jericho in silence. Then, on the seventh day, they marched around the city seven times for a total of thirteen times. Seven Priests walked before the army bearing the ark of the covenant and ram's horns called shofars. These horns were used on Friday evenings to announce the beginning of the Sabbath. They were also used to announce various events and feast days. The sounds they made were very loud and far-reaching.

Can you imagine an army of this magnitude marching in complete silence? It must have been an awesome sight. All that could be heard inside the walls was the stamping of the soldiers feet and then the blasting of the ram's horns. The city was closed tight against attack. History tells us the city of Jericho had two walls. The outer wall was six feet thick and the inner wall was twelve feet thick with a space of twelve to fifteen feet between. The walls were approximately thirty feet high and because of crowding, houses were built on top of the walls over the space between. There was no way into the city but God assured Joshua, if he would only trust Him and follow his instructions, He would give it to him.

God wants to give us our Jerichos. He is just waiting for us to stop beating our heads against the walls trying to conquer them ourselves and trust Him to crumble them. Why do you think God had the people march around the city thirteen times? Why not just once and then shout? One theory is that God was testing their obedience. It was hard to continue to march in silence without understanding the purpose. Another idea is that perhaps God wanted them to see how formidable Jericho was and how utterly impossible it would have been for them to take the city under their own power. The ark of the covenant is mentioned eleven times in this chapter, it went before the children of Israel as they marched around Jericho. The ark was Israelís symbol of faith in God. God must be at the start of everything we do if we want to succeed. We must be willing to admit that something is too big for us and the enemy is too powerful for us if we want God to crumble our Jericho. Seems we always wait until we have looked at our wall for a very long time and decided that it is absolutely hopeless before we are willing to turn it over to God. God expects us to fail yet we spend years, and sometimes even a lifetime, trying to succeed on our own. So long as we believe in our own power to move the wall, God will not help us. Our Jericho will stand until we realize that it is God's gift to us if we will Only Trust Him with it!

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Is there a thick wall in your life you are not yet willing to trust God with? Why not pray about it right now and ask Him to help you have the faith to turn it completely over to Him?

MAY GOD BLESS YOU THIS WEEK AS YOU TURN YOUR JERICHO OVER TO HIM!

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