Joshua 6-8 (The Daily Walk Bible).

The Biblical account of the battle at Jericho inspires many questions. The site itself indicates that something big happened to the walls at one point, but archaeologists disagree about when that happened and if it coincides with the Biblical account. Many wonder at the significance of the march around the city, with some pointing to Biblical numerology and the number 7 as the number of divine perfection. Some comment on the march around the city by such a large number of people and consider whether or not that would have a destabilizing effect on the walls! Nevertheless, we can take the following lessons from the battle…

Man’s ways are not God’s ways! For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

There is a very real link between faith and obedience, which Hebrews 11 points out again and again. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. (Hebrews 11:30)

God keeps His promises. And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor”…So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. (Joshua 6:2, 20)

God’s power is beyond our comprehension. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:4-7)

The Carta Bible Atlas, pg 54.

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