Conquest Joshua 6:12-25 HCSB Dec. 11, 2016
The conquest if Israel was well planed by the Lord and the people were given detailed commands to accomplish this just as the Lord directed. This is not unusual as the Lord direct His people to make a conquest.
1. Conquest Through . . Patient Obedience. 6:12-14
A. Patience Obedience in . . Following Orders from the Lord. v 12-13
12 Joshua got up early the next morning. The priests took the ark of the Lord,
13 and the seven priests carrying seven trumpets marched in front of the ark of the Lord. While the
trumpets were blowing, the armed troops went in front of them, and the rear guard went behind the
ark of the Lord.
B. Patience Obedience in . . Filling Details Giving by the Lord. v 14
14 On the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this
for six days.
The action of Joshua seems to have a lot of detail that appears to be useless except of the fact God told him to do it. Does our lives sometime seem to have too much detail? Did you ever do a lot of details only to find out later God was at work through it? Joshua never seemed to question the details but simply to do what the Lord told him to do. Six days marching around the city seemed questionable except this action was ordered by God. Many times in scripture God instructs someone to follow an action that does not seem to be well reasoned out and is very simple but when someone does exactly what God told them to do the evidence make it seem sensible.
2. Conquest Through Final . . Preparations. 6:15-19
A. Preparations Followed and the . . People Shout. v 15-16
15 Early on the seventh day, they started at dawn and marched around the city seven times in the same
way. That was the only day they marched around the city seven times.
16 After the seventh time, the priests blew the trumpets, and Joshua said to the people, "Shout! For the
Lord has given you the city.
B. Preparations Followed and the . . Pliable Woman Named Rehab. v 17-19
17 But the city and everything in it are set apart to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute
and everyone with her in the house will live, because she hid the men we sent.
18 But keep yourselves from the things set apart, or you will be set apart for destruction. If you take
any of those things, you will set apart the camp of Israel for destruction and bring disaster on it.
19 For all the silver and gold, and the articles of bronze and iron, are dedicated to the Lord and must go
into the Lord's treasury."
If I were part of those who marched around the city for seven days and then told to shout I would have really let my voice cry out as directed. Now the Lord ordered everything in this city destroyed except Rahab
and those with her. She was given this grace because of her willingness and obedience in usefulness in being used by the Lord. It is interesting to note that Rahab is listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Isn’t it interesting how God knows about usefulness even before it is necessary? Note how all the booty in the town of Jericho is not to be taken by the people but destroyed and if anyone takes some of it they are to be destroyed.
The gold, silver etc., will be put in the Lord’s treasury. Of course that blesses eventually all of the people.
3. Conquest Through Rewarded . . Promises. 6:20-25
A. Promises Remembered and Delt with . . Honorably. v 20-22
20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets sounded. When they heard the blast of the trumpet, the people gave a great shout, and the wall collapsed. The people advanced into the city, each man straight ahead, and they captured the city.
21 They completely destroyed everything in the city with the sword—every man and woman, both young
and old, and every ox, sheep, and donkey.
22 Joshua said to the two men who had scouted the land, "Go to the prostitute's house and bring the
woman out of there, and all who are with her, just as you promised her."
B. Promises Remembered and Delt with . . Honestly. v 23-25
23 So the young men who had scouted went in and brought out Rahab and her father, mother, brothers, and all who belonged to her. They brought out her whole family and settled them outside the camp of Israel.
24 They burned up the city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze
and iron into the treasury of the Lord's house.
25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, her father's household, and all who belonged to her, because she
hid the men Joshua had sent to spy on Jericho, and she lives in Israel to this day. HCSB
When the action commanded by the Lord caused the city walls to collapse the soldiers could march straight into the city. They did not have to clime over the crumbled walls it was a straight walk for the soldiers. When is says every man straight ahead that is exactly what it means. Joshua gave particular orders to the men who scouted the city to go fine Rahab and her people since God was allowing her escape because of her help
in the initial scouting of the city and protecting the spies. God always rewards faithfulness and our help in all kinds of details is not over looked by our Lord. The reputation of Rahab is not what she is know by and should give us encouragement to not center us on our past and to help other to do the same. That the Lord allows a woman like Rahab to have a place in the genealogy of Jesus is significant and always remind us that faith in the Lord can enable us to overcome our past as we also have conquest. Amen? Amen!