Summary: HOW TO TAKE YOUR JERICHOS
Josh. 6:1-5, 20 & 21 HOW TO TAKE YOUR JERICHOS
I. ISRAEL'S PROBLEM v.1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. A. The Size Of The Problem Jericho is known as the oldest city in the world, in Joshua's day, it was surrounded by a system of two massive stone walls. The outer wall was 6 ft. thick and about 20 ft. high. The inner wall was about 12 ft. thick and was 30 ft. high. Between the walls was a guarded walkway about 15 ft. wide. Israel's problem was that they had a city to conquer, but there were some extremely huge walls in the way. B. The Significance Of The Problem As we go through life, we have obstacles that we face as well. (a) A Fear Problem - (b) A Family Problem - (c) A Financial Problem - (d) A Failure Problem -
C. The Scope Of The Problem an opportunity for the Lord to work
II. ISRAEL'S PROMISE v.2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. The Promise Of :- A. The Word Of God.- On The Winning Side "See, I have given into thine hand" B. The Will Of God - The Devil Is A Defeated Foe "Jericho, and the king thereof" Rev. 20 v.10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. C. The Work Of God - All Of Grace "See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour."
III. ISRAEL'S PLAN v. 3 - 5 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, God’s Plan Involves a) Confidence - v. 1 & 2 (a) In Spite of Great Walls - 6:1 (b) In Spite of Great Warriors - 6:2
Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. b) Co - Operation v. 3 - 5 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, 1.The Fighting Men . all ye men of war, 2. The Foolish Means . 2 Cor. 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; The rams horns remind us of the simple Gospel message we proclaim. 3. The Fruitless Marching Let us read some of the passage. · Day one -no result Joshua 6:11 So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp. · Day two- no result. Joshua 6:14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. · It's time to change the message. · It's time to change the method. · It's time to change the means. 4. The Flawless Miracle. Hebrews 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. Their's Was A : - Daring faith. These men had faith to face the enemy they really knew their God. Doing faith. They obeyed the word of God Disciplined faith. They kept silence in the ranks when they where told. Determined faith. They waited on the Lord's timing Dependent faith. They shouted before the walls had moved an inch [v16 ]
c) Consistency They didn't Give Up Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
IV. ISRAEL'S PRIZE 20 & 21
(1) God Keeps His Promises
(2) God Controls By His Power (3) God Cares For His People