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The Lord Has Given You the City

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The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors.” (Josh. 6:2). God’s sovereignty is clear in this statement. Jericho would fall before the Israelites because God ordained it, not because Israel had a superior fighting force or superior military tactics. God ruled over the city wall and its foundation, bringing it down with a word.

“At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, ‘Shout! For the Lord has given you the city.'” God commanded the people how they were to march around the city, but He would be the one to make sure that Israel prevailed over the people of Jericho. It did not matter what kind of defenses Jericho had, nor whether their fighting men were physically stronger or better armed than the Israelites. God ruled over them and their fighting strength, and brought it to nothing in the end.

“So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.” Again, being “with Joshua” means that the Lord would overpower all enemies standing in the way of Joshua accomplishing God’s purposes. The great benefit of having God with you is that He has all power and might to accomplish His will through you. His presence will strengthen and comfort you, and His sovereign power will go ahead of you to make a way for you as God sees fit. It reminds me of 1 Cor. 3, where St. Paul says that “all things belong to you, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.”



Written by Michael Duenes

April 15, 2015 at 4:42 am

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