Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” Joshua 6:1-5
I’ve always loved this story for various reasons. First of all, it’s always been a reminder to me that regardless of the crazy instructions God gives, He will cause us to win if we obey. But as I was recently listening to a message on this, the first word the Lord said to Joshua was highlighted. “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors.”
So I went to the dictionary and looked this small word up and found the following definitions: to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand: to construct a mental image of; visualize: to accept or imagine or suppose as acceptable: to be cognizant of; recognize: to understand intellectually or spiritually; have insight.
I think it’s pretty amazing that God used that as the first thing Joshua needed to do. It’s as if He knew that if they couldn’t see it, they’d never believe it and without believing it they’d never receive it. Are you getting this? It seems to be the foundation for everything in the Word of God; no believing, no receiving!
That my friend is having faith in what we don’t yet possess simply because God said it. We are told that without faith, it’s impossible to please God because whoever comes to him must believe He is who He says He is and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) I’m not making this up! If we can’t see it, we’ll never have it.
If you drop down to verse 7, it says that Joshua said to the people. So he heard the Word, he saw it in his spirit, then he gave instructions just as the Lord gave it to him. So if I’m looking at this correctly, which I believe I am, you have to see it in your spirit, say it with your mouth before you possess it in the natural.
God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. What is the truth? It’s found in knowing God and His Word. Not just the written Word as in words on a page, but knowing His nature, Knowing the depths of His love, being familiar with His compassion, experiencing His mercy, and having understood that His grace is on display because of His strength and our weakness.
It’s seeing that healing was a part of His plan for us and that regardless of what we see or feel in the natural, His blood was enough to bring that manifestation in the natural. It stops looking to the natural for a diagnosis, and meditates on His Word which has the final outcome. It’s trusting that regardless of the bizarre instructions, following them is the only way to get the desired result.
Oh praise You most High God, for Your ways are higher then our ways and Your thoughts are higher then our thoughts. You made a way where there looked to be no way to win the city of Jericho. You caused the eyes of their understanding to be open and gave them a heart to obey your instructions. Please do the same with us. Open our eyes to see, to say and to believe because all things are possible to them who believe. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.