COLUMN: Jericho's walls came tumbling down

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By Shirley Jones

Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth until the day I say unto you, ‘Shout.’ Then you shall shout.” Joshua 1:10

God gave Joshua specific instructions about how to conquer Jericho. It was a supernatural strategy which consisted of waiting, walking and no talking. The children of Israel had to march by faith day after day with no apparent results. The faith-walk was a test of their obedience and trust. (Psalm 37:34)

Jericho was not defeated by eartly weapons and military strategy. Jericho was defeated by the supernatural power of God. The defeat of Jericho demonstrates the power of worship and praise as seen in the leading of the ark, the continual trumpet blowing and a holy shout.

The message to be learned from the battle of Jericho is that God wants to destroy any fortified cities and strongholds that are erected by the enemy to block the purposes of God. The primary weapons God used here were the supernatural weapons of worship and praise.

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul talked about this truth of supernatural warfare and the destruction of strongholds (II Corinthians 10:3-5). For the people of God victory does not come through fleshly struggle and worldly weapons. God has given us spiritual weapons that are far more powerful. The use of spiritual weapons destroys the adversary in the invisible realm which is where the real battle is waged.