Dec. 7. The Wall of Jericho Falls

Josh. 6:1-27

The Israelites were camped just outside the city of Jericho at Gilgal and the people were greatly afraid of them. All of the gates to the city were securely closed and nobody entered or departed. The greatest non-battle battle ever was about to begin. Jericho would fall at the hands of God.

God gave instructions to Joshua to assemble the men of war with armed men of war leading the march. Seven priests blowing trumpets of rams’ horns followed with the ark of the covenant following behind them. The rear guard consisted of the other men of war marching behind the ark. No one was to say a word until Joshua gave the order to shout.

Joshua sent the two spies who had promised Rahab’s safety to her house. They brought her, her family and all that she had safely outside the camp.

The procession of Israelites marched around the city one time each day for six days. On the seventh day, they circled the city seven times. At the conclusion of the seventh circuit, the priests gave a long blast with the trumpets and Joshua gave the order to shout. The wall fell flat and the children of Israel destroyed everything inside the city except for the gold, silver and vessels of bronze and iron. Those were put into the treasury of the Lord’s house. They were not to keep any of the plunder for themselves.

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