God had planned that Israel should possess the land. - Deut 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.
The Battle of Jericho was with the Israelites, not the Canaanites.
1. The Difficulties For Victory 1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
A. The Height Of The Walls Jericho was surrounded by 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. B. The Hindrance Of The Walls They were preventing The Will of God, The Work Of God, The Word Of God. C. The Help Of The Walls - An Encouragement To The Canaanites.
(b) Their Defiance Jericho was straitly shut up
(c) Their Determination none went out, and none came in
2. The Demands For Victory 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.
(a) The Source Of Victory See, I have given into thine hand Jericho
(b) The Scope Of Victory Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
(c) The Surety Of Victory And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given (Past Tense)
(d) The Summons To Victory 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. - Called To :-
The Courage of Faith - And ye shall compass the city
The Adventure of Faith – all ye men of war
The Obedience of Faith – and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
Joshua’ word from God – walking - Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Naaman in Jordan
The Discipline of Faith – 10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.no speaking
The Patience of Faith – no evidence of change in 6 days
Isa 30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
Unanswered yet? The prayers your lips have pleaded
In agony of heart these many years? Does faith begin to fail, is hope departing,
And think you all in vain those falling tears? Say not the Father hath not heard your prayer:
You shall have your desire, sometime, somewhere,
Unanswered yet? Though when you first presented, This one petition at the Father’s throne,
It seemed you could not wait the time of asking, So urgent was your heart to make it known.
Though years have passed since then, do not despair;
The Lord will answer you, sometime, somewhere,