Summary: God has made promises to us. What is hindering God's people from staking their claims? There is a great challenge for the church to arise. Jericho was the hardest enemy to face. God said LET US START here and build God confidence and create fear in the enemy.
IMPENETRABLE? IT IS TIME TO TAKE YOUR JERICHO!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
God has promises for us. What hinders us from staking our claims? There is a great challenge before us. Victory can be ours, according to your faith?
Text: Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (MSG) GOD is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him. You were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God's help. Now you're in trouble—one round of war after another."
BLESSED ASSURANCE? WE MUST BELIEVE AND TRUST GOD HAS A PLAN. GOD WAS LEADING A HIS MAN AND GOD’S PEOPLE INTO A HOPELESS AND HELPLESS SITUATION…
Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua 1:18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.
JERICHO--- THIS IS AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK… LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WALLS? HOW ABOUT THE MEAN, BARBARIC, CRUEL, TERRORISTIC PEOPLE THAT LIVED IN JERICHO?…
Jericho was built on a high hill. JERICHO WAS THE STRONGEST, MOST PREPARED AREA of the then known world. Jericho’s walls could not be penetrated by the strongest of the strong. Jericho could withstand any long siege that would come against it. There is no way Joshua and God’s people could take this STRONGHOLD DOWN. The King of Jericho had prepared his people and he was confident no power could conquer Jericho.
JERICHO BUILT TWO WALLS. Jericho knew Israel was coming. They were preparing for a long time. Not only were the walls well built theY were strong walls, stronger watchtowers and impenetrable gates. If the enemy could get over the first line of defense they were trapped in between the first wall and the second wall. The city was self-sufficient. ELISHA’S SPRING supplied all the water needed for a long siege. But there were many other wells and springs. In addition to that Jericho had a trained army and trained citizens to protect the water sources.
There was a very clear Divine Plan … Battle strategist would have probably suggested to bypass Jericho because Israel desired the hills of Canaan land. There was a mighty reason why not to bypass Jericho. If Jericho was not destroyed it set in A STRATEGIC POSITION… If Jericho was not defeated there would have been a WELL ARMED ENEMY behind the new nation of Israel. Know this, JERICHO HAD TO BE DEFEATED
even if the odds were impossible.
GOD FIRST… GOD NEVER SAID JOSHUA GO FIGHT JERICHO… GOD SAID: JOSHUA, I AM GOD, I GO BEFORE YOU. TRUST MY PLAN… JOSHUA FOLLOWED MOSES FOR YEARS, NOW THE ROD OF GOD TAUGHT JOSHUA TRUSTING GOD IS MORE THAN A WISH WELL.. JOSHUA KNEW
We have a tradition in this area at funerals. The Preacher follows the police car and is in front of the hearse and the family. This is symbolic of God first, God’s word, God’s man is first.
Joshua 6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
Joshua 6:6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD.
Joshua 6:8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.