Is it time yet? Is it time?
You know what time. I want to hear how those Israelites gave the city of Jericho what for? You’ve been promising to tell me about it.
I promise. I’ll be quiet and listen.
Those people in Jericho were scared of the Israelites, so they shut their city up tight. Nobody came in and no one went out. And the Lord told Joshua that He had delivered Jericho into their hands.
Are Joshua and the Israelites going to break down the walls and storm in and give them what for?
What do you mean, that’s not what they did?
Yes, I’m listening.
The Lord told Joshua to march around the city with all the armed men once a day for six days. The Lord said to have seven priests carry trumpets of rams horns in front of the ark. Then on the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times with the priests blowing the trumpets.
That’s a lot of marching.
I’ll listen, but couldn’t they have just gone in and given them what for? I’ll bet if I was there I could have led them in a big battle.
So the people got up early and marched around the city and went back to their camp. And they did the same thing the next day, and every day for six days.
Is that it? They’re just marching around the city? That sounds boring.
I am listening.
On the seventh day the Israelites got up at daybreak and did the same thing – except they marched around the city seven times. On the seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!”
It’s about time.
The trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and the wall collapsed.
That was some shout.
They charged in and took the city.
But Joshua sent in the two men who had spied out the land to get Rahab and her family and they put them in a place outside their camp.
Wasn’t Rahab’s house in one of the walls of the city?
Is that why they had her tie a scarlet cord to her window? So they could grab onto it and keep her wall from falling over? If I was there I could have grabbed that cord in my teeth.