Saturday, September 24
By Jill McClain
God told Joshua that the Israelites were going to use a very unusual strategy to conquer the walled city of Jericho. The Israelites marched around the city once every day, for six days. Then on the seventh day they marched around the city seven times. On the seventh time around the city they played their trumpets and shouted, and then miraculously the walls surrounding the city came crashing down, so the Israelite army could enter the city and destroy every living thing in the city, except for Rahab and her family. Rahab was spared because she had faithfully assisted the spies that Joshua had earlier sent to the city. God had his people conquer the city of Jericho in such a unique way, so that there would be no doubt that God had been in control and caused the victory. Do you have a something in your life that seems too large or difficult to overcome? Do you need to turn your issue over to the Lord and let him help you win the battle? Listen carefully for signs from God about how you should proceed with your problem. We read earlier in Joshua that God wants you to remain strong and courageous in your battles against the world and that he will never leave your side. However, just like the Lord’s army had to obediently march around the city for seven days, there may be actions that the Lord requires of you before you can be victorious in your own battles.
Following the successful battle at Jericho, Joshua sent a portion of the army on to the region of Ai. There were only a few people living in Ai, so Joshua assumed that it should be an easy victory for his army. However, the Israelites lost 36 of their soldiers in the battle and were quickly defeated and chased out of Ai. At first, Joshua was devastated by their loss and could not understand why God would allow his chosen people to face defeat. Then God revealed to Joshua that one of the Israelites, Achan, had stolen plunder from Jericho for himself, despite God’s specific commands to destroy everything in Jericho. God allowed the Israelites to be defeated at Ai because Achan had been deliberately disobedient. Are there sins in your own life that you need to seek repentance for? Are there areas in your life that you need to turn over to God so that you can experience all of his blessings?
(Note from GROW16BibleReading – feel like some Saturday morning cartoons – here’s a 60 second story of The Battle of Jericho from Taylormation – Enjoy!
If you were making the cartoon, what would you have included? AND – how can you use each and every one of your talents to please God and spread His Word? )