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Summary: This sermon based on the story of the walls at Jericho helps us confront the impossible tasks we sometimes face.

How To Experience A Miracle

Joshua 6:10-20

[10] Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, "You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, 'Shout!' Then you shall shout."

[11] So he had the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.

[12] And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.

[13] Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.

[14] And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.

[15] But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.

[16] And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: "Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! [17] Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

[18] And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

[19] But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord."

[20] So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Even people who don’t study the Bible

know the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho.

There’s a well known song that goes like this:

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho,

Jericho, Jericho

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho,

And the walls come tumbling down.

The wall around Jericho was built to provide protection.

The pagan worshipping people who lived there

believed that wall was impossible to get through or over.

As the people of Israel stood outside the city of Jericho

they saw those walls as an impossible task.

Conquering that city seemed impossible.

Yet God’s people won a great victory that day.

How did it happen?

Hebrews 11:30 says, By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.

Clearly, it was a miracle.

Today, we will look at 5 steps to a miracle.

Step #1: Yield Your Right to Be In Charge.

Joshua 5: 13 tells us something very important.

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "Are You for us or for our adversaries?"

Someone asked President Lincoln if he thought God

was on the Union side in the Civil War.

Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”

Now, listen to Joshua 5:14-15

So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?" [15] Then the Commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, "Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy." And Joshua did so.

Are you Republican or Democrat?

Are you a Cardinals fan or a Cubs fan?

We all like to think we are on the “right” team,

but God doesn’t join human teams.

In this case, Joshua met the commander of the army of the Lord.

I believe this was Jesus before He came to earth as a baby.

Notice how Joshua responded.

He fell on his face and asked what message the Lord has for him.

He doesn’t ask, “How can we win this battle?”

or “Can you help me bring down the walls?”

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