Joshua, Chapter 6

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Joshua Conquers Jericho

Joshua prepares to conquer his first city—Jericho. For the duration of six days, a procession walks along the circumference of the city’s walls. Seven priests holding rams’ horns march at the center, guarded by armed men at the front and the rest of the people at the rear. Every day, the procession completes one lap. On the seventh day, the procession walks around Jericho seven times. The people exclaim and cheer and the walls of the city come tumbling down.   

The two spies do not forget their promise to Rahab. They come to her rescue by searching for the scarlet cord that she has tied to the window of her home, overlooking the city’s walls. Jericho falls and Joshua casts a curse on the city that it should not be rebuilt. Joshua eagerly prepares to conquer the Promised Land. He doesn’t linger, but is rather determined to fulfill his and the nation’s mission and purposeto turn their dream into reality without delay.

“Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel” (Joshua 6:1)

“and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets… and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat” (Joshua 6:4-5)

“Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho” (Joshua 6:26)

Agility is responding to enlightenment with effective action.