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CONTEXT

Part 2: Ch.6-12: Taking the Land

Ch.6 – Taking Jericho

Ch.7 – The Failed Attack on Ai & Achan's Sin

Ch.8 – Taking Ai & the Covenant on Mount Ebal

Ch.9 – The Sneaky Gibeonites

Ch.10 – Southern Kings Defeated

Ch.11 – Northern Kings Defeated

Ch.12 – Summary List of Defeated Kings

 

FRAMEWORKS: Joshua 6: Taking Jericho

 

v.1-5 The Lord instructs Joshua how to take Jericho

v.6-11 Day 1: They follow the Lord's commands

v.12-14 Days 2 to 6 – ditto

v.15-19 Day 7 – ditto & Joshua gives instructions

v.20,21 The City is taken

v.22-25 Rahab & her family is spared

v.26,27 Joshua puts a curse on rebuilding Jericho

 

 

v.1-5 The Lord instructs Joshua how to take Jericho

 

v.1 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

v.2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.

v.3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.

v.4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.

v.5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

 

[Notes: This has to be one of the strangest set of battle tactics ever found. I've heard someone suggest it was all to do with vibration and sound waves, but that makes it no less amazing, because it's God wisdom shared beforehand with Joshua.]

 

 

v.6-11 Day 1: They follow the Lord's commands

 

v.6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.”

v.7 And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”

v.8 When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord's covenant followed them.

v.9 The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding.

v.10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!”

v.11 So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.

 

[Notes: The temptation might have been to rush and do the day-seven thing on the first day, but they remain obedient to the Lord's instructions.]

 

 

v.12-14 Days 2 to 6 – ditto

 

v.12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.

v.13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding.

v.14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

 

[Notes: Likewise the next five days.]

 

 

v.15-19 Day 7 – ditto & Joshua gives instructions

 

v.15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.

v.16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!

v.17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent.

v.18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it.

v.19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

 

[Notes: Joshua gives specific instructions for this last day, including protecting Rahab and her family, and not taking anything from the city that are religious (devoted) or taking any precious metals for themselves.]

 

 

v.20,21 The City is taken

 

v.20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

v.21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

 

[Notes: And so the city is taken.]

 

 

v.22-25 Rahab & her family is spared

 

v.22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute's house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.”

v.23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.

v.24 Then they burned the whole 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.

v.25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

 

[Notes: Rahab and her family are saved. Interestingly she marries Salmon and they have a son Boaz and thus appears in the Messiah's family tree – Mt 1:5 – a picture of amazing grace, a foreigner (with faith) incorporated into the special Jewish family tree!]

 

 

v.26,27 Joshua puts a curse on rebuilding Jericho

 

v.26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:

“At the cost of his firstborn son
    he will lay its foundations;
at the cost of his youngest
    he will set up its gates.”

v.27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.

 

[Notes: Joshua curses any rebuilding of the demolished Jericho, a curse which is exactly fulfilled years later - 1 Kings 16:34]

   

   

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