Georell L. Jones
The City of Love
Joshua 6: 1-5
Due: Nov. 30, 2018
1. Give a detailed explanation of a Jericho March.
A Jericho March is a walk in solidarity, obedience, and faith in God to complete a specific task, obtain a specific outcome or change a current circumstance. It is a means of spiritual warfare by which we use a radical method of a natural task while relying on God to move spiritually to complete the task naturally. It is radical because it is outside of the normal set of methodologies for natural warfare. The original Jericho March was in the book of Joshua, chapter 6. The Israelites followed God’s directions to walk around the city of Jericho as a means of battle to overtake the city. The type of march also serves as a method of intercessory prayer and obedience as it did for the Israelites. One reference stated, ‘for once God’s will and the Israelites obedience were in perfect harmony.’ The people of Israel prayed for an outcome, God issued specific instructions, the people followed and were successful in warfare. The people were instructed to march around the walls once for 6 days in silence. On the 7th day, they were to march around seven times andblow the horns/trumpets (called Shofars), then at the guidance of Joshua, there leader, the people were to shout. Not all modern day Jericho Marches are in silence but many follow this same method.
2. What are some reasons for a Jericho Walk?
There are many reasons for modern day Jericho Walks. Some organized groups have Jericho Walks to complete political or social efforts. Black Lives Matter, Pro-Life and some school groups have done Jericho Walks to overcome discrimination, fight for human life and even stop violence.
Many spiritual groups or churches have Jericho Walks as a means of obedience to God’s Word or God’s guidance to do so. Often this occurs when there is something insurmountable or holding them from completing a certain task. This could be a desire for growth in a certain area (ie Youth group to grow in numbers), to change a community (ie Violence to cease), to overcome a certain sin or issue plaguing the group (ie Catholics walked against Sexual Abuse), and even for favor in accomplishing a specific task (ie Obtain a loan/funding for a project).
3. Give one example of a Publicized Jericho Walk. Provide reference.
The group Pro-Life Action League encourages its members to do Jericho Walks at Planned Parenthood clinics as a means of protest against the practice of abortion. They are often seen even in the city of New Orleans walking the blocks of the clinics. The groups gives specific instructions of prayer, banners, and hymns to its participants. See https://prolifeaction.org/action/jericho.
4. What is the history of the Jericho March?
The Jericho March was the method of warfare used by the Israelites in their first battle to siege the land of Canaan. Canaan was promised to them by God as their ‘Promised Land.’ The people were delayed 40 years in having this promise fulfilled due to disobedience. Their disobedience was their dissatisfaction (complaining and murmuring) of the process to obtain the promise. The promise was made to Abraham and fulfilled through the leadership of Joshua. The Jericho March came as a means of having faith in God to fulfill His promise and fight their battles. Jericho was the first town in Canaan which the Israelite people would overtake and this lead to further control of Canaan.
5. What’s the Significance of the city of Jericho?
Jericho was a stronghold for the Canaan area. It was well fortified and the people were already fearful of the Israelite people. If they could overtake this stronghold and complete their method of dividing and conquering from east to west, it would allow them to conquer the entire Canaan land in phases. Defeating and destroying Jericho would send shockwaves of fear throughout Canaan. Thus, helping them to be success in future warfare because the fear of the Israelite people and God.
6. Describe the Wall at Jericho.
The wall of Jericho has been described to be approximately 5’ - 7’ deep and 12’ - 17’ high. There were towards that stood 28’ Tall. (See below diagram)
Archaeologists also have found there was a ditch around the exterior of the walls that was 27’ wide by 9’ deep which circled the 6 acre town. The entire wall was approximately 2000 feet in distance. This is almost the same distance of The City of Love including the rear parking lot, and vacant land which measures approximately 2044 feet in distance. (See below diagram.)
7. What were the instructions given at Jericho?
In verse 6:2, the Lord instructed Joshua to have all the men of war, or the Israelite army, to march around the city once for six days. The Lord instructed Joshua to have seven Priests to go before the Ark with Trumpets or rams horns. On the seventh day, they were to blow the horns and when they blew the horn with a long tone, the people were to shout in a loud voice.
8. What’s the overall theme of Joshua 6?
The overall theme of Joshua 6, in my interpretation, is obedience. When we are obedient to God’s instructions and sacrifice our own natural inclination to do things our way we will win.
9. Create a verse map leading to Joshua 6.
10. Write a 300-500 word Commentary on Joshua 6 (IN YOUR OWN WORDS)
Jericho, as the stronghold of the east of the Canaan land, stood mighty in appearance with its tall walls, tower and protection surrounding the city. Yet, the people inside were already afraid of the Israelites and their God because they had heard about God drying up the waters of the Jordan and protecting His people. Though it was currently shut up, the Lord has already promised Joshua the Israelites would take the land and it would be theirs. God sent a messenger of the Lord, an Angel, to help convey the instructions of how they would take siege of the land God that had promised their ancestor, Abraham. We often encounter situations in our lives that appear final, shut off, unchangeable, dire. It is then these situations, we come to realize that we often try to handle, fix or control too many situations in our lives when God is their to fight every battle, every situation, every circumstance. There is nothing final with God and nothing insurmountable. Yet, in our own strength and natural methods of warfare do we often lose battles that He could have won had we not removed our own way of handling situations.
The instructions of the Lord are given in a clear and concise manner. We have all been instructed in many ways by God. Whether through a sermon, a song, in solitude, through an answered prayer, a vision, His Word, a revelation or a circumstance, God continually speaks to us. It is our awareness and reverence of Him speaking that we are fully able to receive who is speaking and what the instructions are. In Ex. 23:20, it was already spoken that this same angel was going before them and they were instructed to listen and not rebel against what he was to say to His Name was in the angel. God reminded them the importance of obedience and listening to instructions. It reminds us of the ways we have to spend time with God and be aware of His instructions but be obedient to what we hear. To not question and simply trust the message He sends through whatever messages He sends. Even though Joshua had to ask the messenger if he was with them or their adversaries, by spending time with God, Joshua became aware of God’s voice and the messenger He sent to give Him instructions. Joshua didn’t ask for signs, proof, a miracle. He simply trusted the voice he heard.
Since no one came in or out of the city, we can assume there were no reports to the people of Jericho exactly the size of the how many people were in the Israelites. Yet, the bible references 40,000 armed men crossed the Jordan ready for battle. Imagine the shear force of 40,000 men marching around any structure. The sound alone had to be forceful and fear invoking. (listen to this clip of marching sound) The soundwaves piercing the ears of the people. The shaking of ground. But with all of this they did not speak for 6 days as they marched. They moved as God instructed and awaited the time to shout. We ourselves often just need to continue marching through life even when we don’t see success or conquering near, God is working in our marching. The enemy feels God’s presence because He is constantly with us. We don’t have to say a word until it’s time.
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William A. Haviland; Harald E. L. Prins; Dana Walrath; Bunny McBride (30 March 2007). Evolution and Prehistory: The Human Challenge. Cengage Learning. pp. 235–. ISBN 978-0-495-38190-7. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
Avraham Negev; Shimon Gibson (July 2005). Archaeological encyclopedia of the Holy Land. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 180–. ISBN 978-0-8264-8571-7. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
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