Several thousand years earlier, Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River on dry land to camp at Gilgal. Looming in the canp’s view were the mighty walls of Jericho, with a stone wall around it of 12-15 feet high, an embankment of about 3 acres with a mud-brick wall at its highest point 46 feet higher than the baseline.
I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Joshua 1:3
Jericho stood before the Israelites. Impregnable. Able to withstand sieges lasting years. Theirs for possession.
See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 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. 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. Joshua 6:2-5
The parade begins, Joshua stepping out first; fighting men marching behind him, no chants, no talking; Levitical priests with their rams’ horns – silent for six days; priests carrying the ark of the covenant; and the rear guard. Once around and back to camp.
Joshua, the walls are huge, they’re six feet deep, how are we going to break through the walls?
God has given us Jericho.
Six days marching around those walls, soldiers looking up at their enemies and wondering what miracle God would do.
The parade begins early on the seventh day. One time, two times, round and round. Seventh circle.
Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! Joshua 6:16
Rams’ horns blare, soldiers shout, the walls tumble down, and the soldiers scurry up to Jericho and take the city.
Prerequisite to Possessing the Promise
- Considering the challenge. Joshua sent two spies to enter Jericho before the Israelites crossed the Jordan River. After crossing the Jordan, they camped at Gilgal, in full view of the walls of Jericho. For seven days, they circled Jericho in silence.
- Recognizing the impossibility. With all that circling, the Israelites understood that the challenge was too big for their ability.
- Knowing the God of the promise. The Israelites saw their weakness, AND they saw the power of God. God had preserved them in the wilderness for 40 years. They drank God-provided water and ate God-provided mana. They rested under a cloud that cooled them in the day and a pillar of fire that kept them warm in the night. God had parted the Jordan River for them to cross on dry land.
- Trusting the God of the promise. God said that He had given them Jericho. God had followed through on every promise.
- Stepping into the promise. God had given the Israelites Jericho, but it was up to them to take possession by obeying God. They did not know what to expect. All they knew was that God had given them Jericho.
What’s your Jericho?
My Jericho was fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. God had told me that He would heal me. There is no cure. The doctors were unable to help me towards the end. I had studied and knew much about fibromyalgia. I circled the healing Scriptures and books on healing. I knew that God would heal me because of His promise to Keith and me. When He healed me, I had to possess the healing by acknowledging it and walking as if He healed me.
That’s what the Israelites did on the seventh day, and the walls collapsed.
My prayer for you:
May the Father of promises fill you with the knowledge of His power, His grace, His love for you, and all that He has given to you. May the Father of the promise give you the strength and the courage to possess His promises for you.
Won’t you share your promise journey with us?