This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.
We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s passage of Scripture is from Joshua 4:14-18 which reads: “On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. And the Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan. Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jordan. And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.”
Regarding this passage, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown wrote in their commentary: “It appeared clear from the chief part he acted, that he was the divinely appointed leader; for even the priests did not enter the river or quit their position, except at his command; and thenceforward his authority was as firmly established as that of his predecessor. Their crossing, which was the final act, completed the evidence of the miracle; for then, and not till then, the suspended laws of nature were restored, the waters returned to their place, and the river flowed with as full a current as before.”
Today’s quote about the Bible is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
Our topic for today is titled “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho — and Hazor Too (Part 7)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.
The Battle of Jericho
The first objective was Jericho, one of the strongest cities in the region. It guarded the entire lower region of the Jordan Valley and access to the central plateau. Once this city was taken, the entire land was opened up. But Jericho was a tough one. So despite what the song says, Joshua did not fight this battle. Rather, God Himself fought Jericho.
As we follow the text, we read that Joshua apparently was out surveying the city. In the process, he encountered a man holding a drawn sword. Joshua challenged this person, asking which side he was on: “Are you for us or for our enemies?” The stranger’s response is surprising. He was on neither side but had come as “commander of the army of the LORD.” This reply served to remind Joshua that the question was not whether God was on his side, but whether he was on
God’s side. Joshua understood the point and prostrated himself.
Now God told Joshua how the battle would be fought. He and the people were to march around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day, they were to march around it seven times, and then the priests were to blow trumpets and the people were to shout. They did so, and the walls collapsed. The army rushed in to mop up, wiping out every living creature except Rahab and her family.
There were several lessons here for the Israelites. First, God was fighting for the nation because they were part of His program. As such, He did not really need the military might of the people, although He let them participate in the cleanup. Second, Jericho was the firstfruits of the land and therefore belonged to God. Third, and often overlooked, God was willing to accept anyone who had the faith to seek Him. In this case, it was Rahab and her family. She was a Canaanite, and her occupation was undesirable. Nevertheless, she was accepted into the nation of God’s people and in fact married into the tribe of Judah and became an ancestress of David (and thus ultimately of Jesus).
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next broadcast.
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that the most important thing you should know about the Bible is that it is the story of God working to save humanity from sin and the consequences of sin. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve on Himself. Romans 5:8 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here’s how.
All you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.
Until next time, remember the word of God is the foundation to a successful life. God bless.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.