So the men said to her, “Our life for yours if you do not tell this business of ours; and it shall come about when the Lord gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.” Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall. She said to them, “Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way.” The men said to her, “We shall be free from this oath to you which you have made us swear, unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father’s household. It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear.” She said, “According to your words, so be it.” So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city. They utterly destroyed everything in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
For 40 years, Jericho stood in the way as the symbol of defeat to the Israelites. Over 600,000 men died in the desert as wanderers because of their unbelief. They did not make it to where God was leading them. Jericho was the obstacle—a great hurdle they had to overcome.
The Canaanites thought Jericho to be invincible. It was one of the oldest cities on earth and a symbol of military might. Not just one, but two extremely sturdy walls of protection surrounded the city. The walls were said to be 32 feet high and 20 feet thick. Jericho was the strongest, most fortified city in Palestine. It was the gateway to the whole region.
To take this city required the Israelites to attempt the impossible. But with God, all things are possible. As their faith increased, the unimaginable became feasible. So it is for us today. When our faith grows, God reveals a way to accomplish things that once seemed unachievable. And God’s battle plans never fail!
• What is your “wall that needs to come down”? What obstacle is hindering advance in your walk with God? Is it fear? Finances? Past hurts? Health problems? Unforgiveness? Your marriage? Your kids?
• How will you seek to submit this area to God, trusting His power to work in your life?
• Spend some time in prayer praising God that He is always working in our lives, no matter our circumstances.