Summary: The Triumph of Faith
Joshua 5:13 - Ch 6:5 The Triumph of Faith
Jericho was a very formidable city, a great city
Great in Antiquity, oldest cities. Great in Iniquity Great in Hostility an impregnable fortress
There’s a Jericho standing between us and :-
God's Person, God's Plan, God's Purpose, God's Power, and God's Praise.
A Jericho of Frailty, A Jericho of Failure, A Jericho of Fruitlessness, A Jericho of Fear.
Heb 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days
Victory is not achieved by fighting. Victory is received by faith.
Faith links our nothingness to God’s Almightiness.
I. The Captain of Our Faith -
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
The Timing of the Appearance - when Joshua was by Jericho (contemplating his difficulties)
The Testing of the Appearance - that he lifted up his eyes -
Man missing Airplane - "I was the only one who was listening."
Mark 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
The Terror of the Appearance - with his sword drawn in his hand:
The Triumph of the Appearance - 14 but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.
Joshua says, “Are you for us, or for them?” And, the answer is, “No.” “Are you for us? No
Are you for them?” “No.” “but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come”
“I haven’t come to take sides. I’ve come to take over.”
Joshua's Response - And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
Jericho is no longer Joshua's problem - it is now God's problem.
Joshua had been problem-conscious; and now, he is God conscious.
“Can’t be done. Can’t be done. Can’t be done.” - a steam locomotive,
a cynic said, “It will never move; they’ll never get it going.” “They’ll never get it stopped.”
Before you can be a conqueror, you must first be conquered.
II. The Compliance of Our Faith - is obedience.
Ch 6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
A. Why Did God Tell Joshua to Do This?
1. To Prove Their Obedience - 1 Cors 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God”
The compliance of faith is full, prompt, glad, unreserved, and unquestioned obedience.
2.To Perfect Their Obeisance - John 2:5 His mother saith Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it
God is keeping your problem before you until you say, “I can’t solve it”? but God can.
We ought to say ‘God, I can’t. You never said I could. God, You can. You always said you would