When the children of Israel entered and took possession of the good land, the first city they took was Jericho. Prior to the destruction of this fortified city, Joshua saw a vision of the Captain of Jehovah’s army, the significance of which was discussed in a previous post (link to post). In this post, we will look at how God’s people fought the battle to destroy Jericho and how this relates to our experience of gaining more of Christ as the good land.
The city of Jericho had high walls, and for fear of the children of Israel, the gates of the city were shut so that no one could go out or come in (Joshua 6:1). The inhabitants of Jericho trusted in their defenses to win the battle, but the children of Israel put their trust in God’s word (Joshua 6:2-5). In accordance with God’s instructions, the children of Israel daily marched as an army around the city of Jericho in a particular way for six days. On the seventh day the army circled the city seven times, and on Joshua’s command gave a ringing shout which caused the walls of the city to fall. The Israelites’ victory was won not by military strategy or superior strength, but by relying on God and His word.
How do the details of this battle relate to us in the New Testament age? As believers in Christ, we must first realize that we are not individuals, but part of a corporate entity, the Body of Christ, which as an army can possess the good land (link to post). Furthermore, we fight not by our own strength, wisdom, or effort, but by simply believing the word of instruction from our Captain, the Lord Jesus Christ, and being one with Him by obeying His word. The people had no opinions or dissident speaking as they marched around the city; they only sounded the trumpets and carried the ark as God had instructed them through Joshua. Perhaps most importantly, the way we fight the spiritual warfare today is by exalting Christ and proclaiming His victory, just as the children of Israel fought by bearing the ark and blowing the trumpets. An example of this is in Acts 2:14-41, when Peter and the other eleven disciples testified concerning Christ to their countrymen. Like Peter and the disciples, we can also defeat the enemy and possess the good land by proclaiming Christ’s victory in a daily way. The hymns below are helpful in our experience of this wonderful fact.
|Hymns, #890, chorus:
Hallelujah! Christ is Victor,
Tell where’er you go,
That the Lord is still the conqu’ror,
Over every foe.
|Hymns, #124, stanza 4:
Hallelujah, Christ the Victor
Triumphed on Mt. Calvary!
He displays His victory!
Hallelujah, now ascended,
He shall reign eternally!
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