Summary: Sometimes we build walls that keep our help from getting to us.
What’s The Purpose For Those Walls?
Are you trying to hold God in or keep Him out?
Scripture Reference: Joshua 6:1-5 (KJV)
Joshua 6:1-5 1 Now Jericho was straightly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. 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. 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. 4 And seven priest shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priest shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the rams’ horn and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
Use skit: Have someone come up to use them as a demonstrator. Have the demonstrator make believe that she is building a wall to the front.
Explain that this wall is to keep out all of the family members that keep getting on her nerves.
Turn to the left. Build another wall. Explain that this wall is to keep all of the people from her job from continuing to aggravate her by spreading false rumors and holding ungodly conversation, etc.
Turn to the rear. Build another wall. Explain that this wall is for her friends that always use her name in vain and keep her involved with the wrong crowd.
Turn to the other side. Build another wall. Explain that this wall is to keep out all of the church members. Explain how the person is sick and tired of church members doing her wrong so she just wants to be alone.
After all four walls are complete illustrate that not only did the person successfully keep all of the bad stuff out now her help does not have a way to get to her either.
- God used a mighty shout from His believers to bring the wall
down. He did not use force or tools but a shout (Verse 5 And it shall
come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the rams’ horn and when ye hear
the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of
the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before
Yell-to get someone’s attention using loud voice light arm
Scream-loud voice maybe used to scare someone
Shout-loud voice to get attention using everything legs, arms,
1.) The group had been in the wilderness wondering for forty
years. They were more like survivors than warriors. Any one
who had even been in a confrontation before had died so there
were no experienced warriors in the group of people. (Numbers
32:13 And the LORD’S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander
in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight
of the LORD, was consumed.)
2.) Nonetheless one thing they knew for sure was how to depend
on God. This group of people had seen God do some of his
most awesome work while they were in the wilderness
(Deuteronomy 2:7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy
hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the
LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.) :
Tohu, a "desolate" place, a place "waste" or "unoccupied" (Deut. 32:10; Job 12:24; comp. Gen. 1:2, "without form"). The wilderness region in the Sinaitic peninsula through which for forty years the Hebrews wandered is generally styled "the wilderness of the wanderings." This entire region is in the form of a triangle, having its base toward the north and its apex toward the south. Its extent from north to south is about 250 miles, and at its widest point it is about 150 miles broad. Throughout this vast region of some 1,500 square miles there is not a single river. The northern part of this triangular peninsula is properly the "wilderness of the wanderings" (et-Tih). The western portion of it is called the "wilderness of Shur" (Ex. 15:22), and the eastern the "wilderness of Paran.")
Whatever you have in mind as the wilderness it should in no form or fashion resemble a luxurious party. These people were truly in a struggle for their lives. Some of us think that we are having it hard right now but for the most part we are suffering from things that we put ourselves in. God had nothing to do with us getting into the state that we are in except that he tried to warn us not continue in the thing that has us completely bound right now