Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
I am so glad that even when we have our “You talking to me?” moments, our heavenly Father still has eternity in fully in hand. Try to truly put yourself in the shoes of a great leader of Israel we consider today. He is called by God to step into the leadership role just vacated by one of the world’s most renowned leaders, a man named Moses. Moses had lead Israel for 40 years. leading out of the bondage of Egypt, across the Red Sea, all the way to the Jordan River, and even during Israel’s 40 years of rebellion in the wilderness. But now, Moses is gone, and Joshua is called upon to take the reins. By the time we come to his “You talking to me?” moment, he has taken the reins, and led Israel across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land. The location of our glimpse is found at the walls of Jericho.
Now picture this. Moses, the powerful leader is gone, and Joshua, though well-known, is new to this role. He is at the head of a nation of two to three million people. Imagine the logistical nightmare of moving such a throng of people. But here they are at the walls of Jericho, and the Lord gives His instructions. March around Jericho, with the people, once each day for six days, and do so without saying a word; march silently. That could be a long walk for a few people; but with two or three million! Oh, and remember, they can’t talk. Tell that to a crowd that size – NO TALKING. Do this each day for six days. Then on the seventh day, do it again, but this time, go around the city seven times. Think of that monumental task; seven trips around Jericho in one day, no talking, this is not a picnic, there were no modern conveniences, and inside the walls were their enemies. The discipline, order, control, and leadership that had to be exercised in that task are phenomenal, and that’s likely understated. But the instructions did not end there. After the seventh trip on day seven, thirteen trips in all, they are to shout, blow ram’s horns, and charge straight up into the city. You got that? No talking, no stopping in the shade, and no noise until the shout.
Knowing the Israeli people as Joshua did, I can only imagine what shot through his mind at the speed of life upon hearing these instructions. A potentially rebellious people, perhaps not deeply schooled in military tactics, are to carry out, what to some, sounded like ridiculous instructions. Can you hear the thought as it charges at breakneck speed through Joshua’s mind? “You talking to me?” Yes, God was talking to Joshua, and He expected Joshua to be obedient and fully compliant with His commands. Of course, you know the outcome . . . flattened walls, and an Israeli victory.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4