The battle of Jericho was a live-fire Memorex event. Remember those old commercials for Memorex? “Is it live or is it Memorex?”
These are all logical questions for those who seek rational explanations for the ways of God. Unfortunately, these folks will be frustrated in their quest for understanding, because the Bible mentions nothing about the earth moving or the ground shaking. This is a simple story of God demonstrating His unwavering promise and ability to bring down every stronghold before us with His own might and power, if we simply trust in Him.
This story isn’t Joshua’s childlike faith being called into action, like David’s was as he ran toward Goliath. It’s not about Joshua’s resolve to test God with fleeces, to confirm his instructions were divine, like Gideon did.
This account is about Joshua’s complete trust in God; no matter how bizarre the request, Joshua listened and carried out what God told him to do. I find it interesting that there is no mention of any of the seven priests calling Joshua’s plan into question, nor of any of the battle commanders tapping on Joshua’s tent flap to inquire if he had thought his plan through.
This account strengthens my belief that Joshua was a confident and trusted leader, one dedicated to the people, and whose character was never called into questioned by those who followed him.
Character above reproach causes people to follow you – without question. How cool would that be?
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