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The Battle of Jericho and Joshua’s obedience to God

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Ancient city wall similar to Jericho in the bible

The Battle of Jericho is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. It is the story of how the Israelites, led by Joshua, conquered the city of Jericho after marching around it for six days, blowing trumpets, and shouting.

The story of Jericho is told in the Book of Joshua, chapters 6-7. After the Israelites had crossed the Jordan River, they came to the city of Jericho. Jericho was a large and powerful city, and the Israelites were afraid to attack it.

But God told Joshua not to be afraid. He said that he would give Jericho into the hands of the Israelites. God told Joshua to march around the city for six days, with the priests blowing trumpets. On the seventh day, they were to march around the city seven times, and then the walls of Jericho would fall.

The Israelites did as God commanded, and on the seventh day, the walls of Jericho fell. The Israelites were able to conquer the city and take its spoils.

The story of Jericho is a story of faith and obedience. It is a story of how God can use even the smallest of people to accomplish great things. It is a story that reminds us that God is always with us, and that he will never abandon us.

The story of Jericho has been interpreted in many different ways over the centuries. Some people see it as a literal account of a battle that took place in ancient times. Others see it as a symbolic story that teaches us about faith, obedience, and God's power.

Regardless of how it is interpreted, the story of Jericho is a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness and love. It is a story that can give us hope and strength in times of difficulty.

Here are 5 Questions and answers about the story of Jericho:

What city did the Israelites attack?

The Israelites attacked the city of Jericho.

How did the Israelites defeat Jericho?

The Israelites marched around Jericho for seven days, blowing trumpets and carrying the Ark of the Covenant. On the seventh day, they marched around the city seven times and then blew their trumpets and shouted. The walls of Jericho fell, and the Israelites were able to conquer the city.

What happened to Rahab, the woman who helped the spies?

Rahab was a woman who lived in Jericho. She helped two Israelite spies by hiding them from the king's men. When the Israelites conquered Jericho, they spared Rahab and her family because she had helped them. Rahab and her family became part of the Israelite community.

What was the significance of the fall of Jericho?

The fall of Jericho was a sign of God's power and faithfulness to the Israelites. It showed that God was with them and would help them to conquer the land of Canaan. The fall of Jericho also marked the beginning of the Israelites' conquest of Canaan, which would eventually lead to the establishment of the Promised Land.

What lessons can we learn from the story of Jericho?

We can learn a number of lessons from the story of Jericho, including:

  • God is powerful and faithful to his people.

  • Obedience to God is important.

  • Faith can move mountains.

  • God is always in control, even when things seem hopeless.

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The Fall of Jericho

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord[a] have for his servant?”

15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. 6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. 2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” 6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” 7 And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”

8 When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. 9 The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11 So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.

12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[b] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.

24 Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. 25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day. 26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: “At the cost of his firstborn son he will lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest he will set up its gates.”

27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.

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