You know, I have never been camping in my life! However, I think I would have enjoyed “camping around” in the annals of Biblical history.
I wish I could have been in the soldiers barracks those nights as preparation began to camp around
Jericho. I wonder what their talk consisted of as they sat preparing their weapons and armor. This
engagement was going to be different from any battle prior and more likely ever throughout the ages.
The plan, it was said, is to walk around Jericho each day for six days and on the seventh day seven times around its walls. “How silly is that? That does not sound like victory, it is absolute insanity!” "We are soldiers. We walk many miles to forge battles with our enemies and we often camp on hillsides, among rocks and in wooded areas to achieve surprise, but to walk around in plain sight seems senseless. We will be the laughing stock of our enemies."
However, we are soldiers and it is not for us to question Captain Joshua. He is God’s man. He, Caleb, and eleven spies went into Canaan and came back telling Moses we could conquer. He and Caleb stood against the majority and were confident in the Lord, for God had told them that the land of Canaan was ours to have.
I have never been to Jericho. They say it is very fertile and beautiful there. Jericho is called the
City of Palms. I cannot wait to camp where the palm trees blow. This will be an unusual experience --not a typical battle in any sense of the word.
Captain Joshua had told his soldiers and the people that this land was what God had given them. They had the advantage already - the city of Jericho was already afraid because God was with the Israelites and had helped them win their victories. It is said that their hearts melted and
their courage failed because they heard God had given their city to the Israelites. What was intimidating was that the Israelites were outside of Jericho, setting up camp and were walking around the city every day for 6 days.
The orders were clear and concise. Set up camp and each day for six days we will march around the city. On the seventh day, we will march around seven times. [The city of Jericho covered only about 8.5 acres, so it was easy to march around it.] On the seventh day, the priests were to blow the trumpets and when the army and the people heard the long blast, everyone was to shout and the walls would collapse. Then the people and the army would go in and take the city of Jericho. There was one exception; Rahab’s house would stand since she helped the spies.
Can you imagine the excitement, the disbelief, the wonderings this created in all the people, no matter which side you were on? I wish I could have been there.
Undoubtedly, this was a camping adventure unheard of! A city taken by obedience and a shout! Camping would never be the same after the Lord’s demonstration of His love and faithfulness to His people, Israel.
Just think what it did to me, a soldier, the army, Captain Joshua, the priests, and to the nation of Israel. We believed as never before. God showed His love and power to us and we possessed our land that God gave us.
Camping around Jericho increased our faith in many ways. Camping, the word, now takes on a whole new meaning in my life.
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