Joshua 6 is a defining moment in the history of the children of Israelites. It was the first battle they faced without their great leader and prophet - Moses. If that loss wasn't crippling enough, they now faced a fortress standing before them in the form of the impregnable walls of Jericho.
On the other side of this wall, the story was a bit different. Rahab narrates to the spies whom she had protected from the king of Jericho how the entire city of Jericho was crippled with fear of the God of the children of Israel.
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. Joshua 2:8,9
What we fail to understand, whenever we face a formidable obstacle is that the enemy who blocks our path is more afraid of what God can do through us than we are of what the enemy can do against us. The hurdles are simply an indication of his fear of impending defeat.
The Lord instead emboldens Joshua and gives him a battle plan. We can use the same strategy to tear down our Jericho.
March with the Ark
The Lord instructed Joshua to march around the walls that stood before them. But He mandated that they carry the Ark with them. Without the ark, they would have just circled the walls in vain for a week and returned more demoralized than they started.
If we are to face the enemy, we must do so with the ark of the Lord in our midst. For the new testament believer, the ark of the Lord is being carried in our hearts. The battles we wage now cannot be won except by the spirit. We need the Holy spirit to march with us to guarantee our victory.
So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6
Shut your mouth
If the first 5 books of the bible have taught us anything about the Israelites, it's that they love to talk - specifically complain about their current situation. They complained in Egypt. They complained about the Red sea. They complained at Sinai. They complained throughout the journey in the wilderness. The Lord did not want the same habits of the fathers following children inheriting the promised land. So He commanded that they shut their mouths until the seventh day.
It can be frustrating to wander around our situation almost aimlessly when obeying the word of the Lord. But we must not fall into the temptation of murmur. An open mouth filled with complaints is like a leaky bucket to our faith.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
Shout your faith
On the seventh day, God instructed the Israelites to shout as they complete their final round. After seven tiring days of marching across these walls, it would take an incredible amount of faith to make a loud noise in the face of the enemy. But God wanted his people to exercise their faith when it was at their lowest.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. Hebrews 11:30
We must understand that God excels in working behind the scenes. When our shout of praise goes out, we realize all the bricks have already been knocked out of place by our Lord. We will never see the walls come down if we never lift our faith to shout.
In conclusion, like Jericho God has already given our inheritance into our hands. In faith and obedience, we shall see the glory of the Lord in our time and in the time to come.