Read Joshua 6
Keeping God’s Word (And Our Own!)
God was precise in His instructions for taking Jericho: take the ark of the Lord and march around the city once for six days with the priests blowing their trumpets, and after you march around it once, return to camp. Then march seven times on the seventh day, and when the priests finish blowing their trumpets on that seventh day, shout! With that shout, God said that “the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him” (Joshua 6:5).
Can you imagine what the people of Jericho must have thought? The Israelites march around once, then walk away. The second day the same thing happens. Every day for six days straight, they walk away after marching around the city once. What are they doing?
Then, on the seventh day, they don’t stop after one lap. They don’t stop the second time around. They keep marching. Three times. Four. Jericho must have wondered why they were not attacking. Five, six, seven. And now they’re shouting after that seventh trip. Jericho’s watchmen, standing on top of the wall, feel the stones shift under their feet. The wall is coming down. All around the city, the wall is crumbling, falling apart. Nothing is left standing, except for one section.
Inside that one section is the house of the harlot, Rahab. The spies had promised to spare her and her family if they remained in their house. The Israelites had obeyed God, the harlot had followed the spies’ instructions, and all of Jericho was destroyed except for her family.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Joshua had not told Israel to obey God’s orders? What would have happened if they refused to march? If they questioned His wisdom? If they said, “We don’t see the point”? Those stones would not have shifted. The wall would have stood still. Israel would not have defeated Jericho.
Faithful obedience is required of all who desire to follow God. Keeping His Word, and keeping our own word, is required! The children of Israel followed His instructions, and they kept the promise they had made to Rahab.
Are you keeping God’s Word? Are you keeping your own?