Insight into Scripture – Joshua 4-8
Jericho is about 5 miles from the Jordan. Flint Knives were made by striking the flint at a certain angle. This would produce a flake, which was very sharp.Jericho has been given the title of the oldest city in the world. The city walls were made of mudbrick on stone foundation. These walls were ten to twenty-five feet high and perhaps thirty feet wide.

As you are reading scripture always remember everything points to Christ. The scriptures are very symbolic. Alot of the events in the Old Testament are almost miniature scenarios or tests for the actual event that takes place with Christ.
Here are some thoughts for you to ponder. Moses, Joshua, and Jesus all were “Baptized” through water.

Joshua passed through the Jordan (Same place where Jesus was baptized) After Joshua passed through the Jordan, the Lord exalted him in front of the Israelites (4:14) just as God exalted Jesus after He was baptized by John the Baptist.

Joshua passed through the river and was told to gather 12 stones to remember the event. Jesus was baptized and gathered 12 disciples so they could remember the events that had happened and that were going to happen.

Scripture Reading

“1 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 4 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” – Joshua 6:1-5

Think n Grow
When you read the story of how Joshua conquered Jericho by marching around the city walls, blowing the shofars, shouting, then having the walls come down. You might think big deal, it is just another story in the Bible. But, have you really thought about the amount of faith and trust in the Lord that Joshua displayed?

Joshua was a born leader, God saw that in him. Leaders usually do not march around a “Problem'” they attack and conquer it.

Joshua was a military strategist. I am sure when the Commander of the Lord’s army (5:15) told Joshua what to do, Joshua might have said. “Riiiiggghhht, you want me to walk around the walls, blow the shofars, and then yell?

“Joshua was a new leader and I am sure that the pressures of being a new leader and having something to prove, made him a little worried.

If you were to take this same situation and put it into today’s world, it would be equal to the US military going over to Iraq, and planting pansies so as to conquer the enemy.

When you are faced with one of life’s problems, remember that God’s way will not always make sense, in fact it may seem absurd. But it is the right way. Our job is to have faith and trust that God will deliver. If the Lord allowed a problem to be present in your life, He will provide the way out too.

Some of life’s problems are not solved overnight. Like the fall of Jericho your problem may take a week or more. We need to learn to be patient and wait upon the Lord.

Closing Prayer
Father thank You for the fresh air we have to breath each morning we wake, and may that fresh air remind us every morning of Your great love. I pray Father that those that are seeking will be found. And that those of us growing in You will grow stronger and more patient with Your plan for our journeys. I love knowing that You walk each step of everyday with me and I pray that I remember that and feel Your presence so that I may be a shining light for others. I love You!! Amen

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