The Conquest Begins

Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua: ‘See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city, seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.’”—Joshua 6:1–4 (NKJV)

Earth is a battlefield for souls of men, and spiritual warfare is a constant. God has declared war on the devil and his forces. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood but in the spiritual realm. 

In his book The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: Old Testament, Warren Wiersbe writes, “The Christian life involves challenge and conflict whether we like it or not. Our enemies are relentlessly waging war against us and working overtime to keep us from claiming our inheritance in Jesus Christ. The world, the flesh, the devil (Ephesians 2:1–3) are against Christ and His people just as the nations in Canaan were against Joshua and the Jewish nation.”  

Jericho was the first and most famous battle of a seven-year conquest of Canaan. Jericho’s walls were 25 feet high and 20 feet thick. The people were wicked and idolatrous. 

Joshua was commissioned to cleanse the land of its wickedness, and Jericho is symbolic of the battle against sin in our own lives. We should be merciless, just as Israel was, to destroy sin in our lives. It reveals the longer spiritual battle between good and evil and the battle of sin in our lives. Some sin issues can seem impossible and foreboding.

What is a Jericho sin in your life? What seems securely shut in your life? Here is a key challenge from Wiersbe: Remember you fight from victory, not just for it. 

We are to stand upon God’s promises. Victorious Christians are people who know the promises of God, because they spend time meditating on God’s Word. We are to follow His instructions. God told Joshua (Joshua 1:8) prior to entering the land to be strong and mediate upon His Word. When we do this as well, we stand in victory.

When Jesus said, “It is finished” on the cross, it is a promise regarding what He did for us in our past, present, and future. The enemies in your life no longer have power and dominion over you.

Romans 8:37 (NKJV) says, “Yet in all these we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

God makes it very clear that the victory to each depends upon Him, and not upon our weapons and expertise. 

DIG: Is there a Jericho sin that God has called you to tear down? A sin, a broken relationship, a family member resistant to the Lord?

DISCOVER: Meditate on Romans 8:37, Psalm 131, and 1 Corinthians 15:58.

DO: You fight from victory. What in your life needs to be conquered? Perhaps it is something that occurred recently or years ago? What is the Lord showing you to pray about and trust in Him for?

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Jeff Seward