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Stories from The Past

Have you read the story about the walls of Jericho coming down? That story is in the book of Joshua, in the Old Testament. In the 6th chapter, you will find an incredible story of the Israelites first battle in the “Land of Milk and Honey.” Even though this is listed as a battle, it is a rather odd battle at first.

Joshua has just taken over leadership of the Israelites from Moses. God speaks directly to Joshua and gives him some specific instructions for taking Jericho. They are camped out just outside of Jericho. On the first day, all of Israel is to march around the city of Jericho for one single lap. The procession is led by armed guards, then seven priests with trumpets, the Ark of the Covenant is next, followed by the rear guards. The seven priests are to sound the trumpets as they march. The strange part is that everyone else is refrained from saying anything. Can you imagine marching around a city with that many people and saying nothing? After they marched around the city, one time, they went back to camp for the day.

They performed this march for six days straight and each day settling back in camp. On the seventh day they were to do something different. The entire group marched around the city seven times. On the end of the seventh trip, the seven priests gave a loud blast on the trumpets. This loud blast signaled the entire group to shout as loud as they could. The result – you know the story – the walls of Jericho collapsed.

According to archeological and historical writing/discovery, the walls of Jericho were roughly 25 feet tall and 20 feet thick. That is a massive wall to crumble by a mere shout. Every living thing in Jericho was killed, except a prostitute and her family. This prostitute lived on the wall of Jericho. Why was her life spared? How did she survive the crashing wall?

Pastor Mike

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