by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Director, Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries
The Walls Fall Down - Joshua 5:13-6:27
Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
Joshua 6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
Q1. (Joshua 5:13-16) What is Joshua’s challenge question to the Unknown Warrior
with drawn sword?
Who is He?
Whose side is He on?
Whose side are you on?
Why does an encounter with Him require us to humble ourselves?
Why is it so hard to submit ourselves to God?
Q2. (Joshua 5:14) What is the significance of the Commander of God’s Armies being with you?
If he will fight your battles for you, what does your job consist of?
Q3. (Joshua 6:1-23) What is the meaning of the seven days of marching with the ark?
What does the ark represent? What mechanism do you think God used to make the
walls fall down?
Q4. (Joshua 6:27) The slaughter of all the people in Jericho is difficult for us to
understand. Why do you think God ordered it?
In what sense are you “devoted to the Lord” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Metaphorically, how does this relate to Jesus’ teaching to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow him, and Paul’s teaching on the crucified life? (Luke 9:23; Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20).
Lessons for Disciples
The story of the fall of Jericho gives us a number of lessons to ponder.
1. God is not on our side. Rather, he calls us to be on his side. If we will do that,
he will fight our battles for us (5:13-16)
2. Since God is leading our battles, we must be careful to listen to his directions,
and follow them carefully as we show up for battle, rather than try to do it
3. Yahweh is depicted as a Warrior. We disciples should expect to “fight the
good fight of faith,” rather than be spiritual pacifists.
4. We disciples must be “devoted to the Lord,” we are not our own, we are
bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
5. Destruction of the Canaanites is a metaphor of sin being crucified in our lives
(Luke 9:23; Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20).
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