By Faith, the Walls of Jericho Fell
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. Hebrews 11:30
After many promises that all came true at last Israel was standing near the gates of Canaan. Now the awaiting to enter into the promised Land. God’s many promises came true. To enter the Holy Land seems next to impossible only to see Jericho the city barricading the entrance. The walls are too high and too strong to conquer with the gates closed. Jericho is the only way to enter Canaan.
Will this city with her walls prevent them from entering? Joshua can explore the situation, however in this case, he is completely powerless. Israel’s Commander-in-Chief is at a loss, however the Prince of the Heavenly Hosts appears and comes to the rescue. A plan of strategy for this rescue was already made up in Heaven. It does not involve digging trenches or storming the walls. The Eternal One fulfills all promises in spite of all the barriers.
What God is asking of the people for them to do is to have faith. God will lead and fight the battle. The walls of Jericho fell because of faith. This is against all human nature and knowledge. Humanly speaking, God’s command is against all common sense. The soldiers of Israel are to compass around the city every day for six days and the seventh day seven times in complete silence. Accompanied with the Ark of the Covenant that was to be carried by four Levi priests. A hard trial.
- Would it have been strange if Joshua would have objected to this command?
- Would it have been strange to at least ask some questions?
- Would it have been strange even to consider such a command out of the ordinary?
Compassing the city would make the walls fall. And it was not without danger the soldiers could have been shot. But now all human knowledge and wisdom has disappeared. The power of the Faith is revealing. The power of Faith that is causing to surrender everything in the Hands of God. By Faith Joshua obeys God without an argument.
The Apostle Paul writes in Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
The History of Israel is Prophecy. That is also represented by entering the Promised Land. A beautiful picture is drawn by God, the people entering the Land of Canaan, the Land of rest. But Jericho has to fall. Also the Jericho of our own heart that needs to be conquered and fall. Grace usually does not find an open door. Many worldly barricades that prevent entering the eternal Kingdom. How will we conquer this? Exactly the same way Israel did silently following the Ark of the Covenant carried by the four Levi Priests accompanied and their deliberate steps.
The Ark of the Covenant is representing Jesus Christ. The Saviour broke the power of Jericho. Only He is able to pull down the walls and open closed doors. so that all His followers who remained faithful can enter the Heavenly Canaan.
Meanwhile, His followers are involved as a foreign legion in battle. A battle with an utmost unusual strategy. A battle without war uproar and clash of arms. This strange act was observed by the inhabitants of Jericho, and probably thinking that these nomads were able to walk down the walls. They didn’t understand the sound of the ramshorn, declaring war and judgment of God. Neither did they understand the symbolic language of the seven priests, the seven ramshorns, the seven days, and compassing the walls seven times on the seventh day. The number seven is the number of God, the number of completion and fulfillment. The walls of Jericho didn’t fall on the first day neither did one stone fall on the sixth day. That is God’s trial of our Faith in Him. That is how the people have to endure Faith until the seventh compass of the seventh day is fulfilled.
But then all of sudden the ramshorns sounded. Fear comes to the heart of the enemies of God. The rejoicing of the people drowned out the sound of the falling walls of Jericho because of God’s Victory. That’s the way how God let things happen. That’s the way how it will be before we cross the Jordan River. That’s the way how it will be one more time when we will come to the mansion of the Father to the glory of the LORD. The trial before the falling of the walls of Jericho is an example of enduring faith in Christ Jesus.
On our road to Canaan, Jericho will appear but its walls will surely fall for all of those who endure the Faith to inherit the Land of Promise.