BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -

DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.


No.35
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main



Getting to know God together.

The Bible is an exciting book!
It tells us about the wonderful works of our God.
There are stories about miracles which happened to believers in the Lord.
One true story tells about the walls of a city which just FELL DOWN!
Yes, they fell down because God wanted his people to have a victory.
That city was called Jericho.
It had walls all around it to keep it safe.
The people there were evil, and God wanted Joshua to take the city for Israel.
God wanted all the people in the land of Canaan
to see that He was a miracle working God.

Joshua was a brave man who trusted in the Lord.
He saw the Captain of the Host,
Who was Christ Himself before He came to earth as a man. (Joshua 513-15).
The Captain of the Host had a sword in His hand.
He gave Joshua extra courage.
Joshua went to the city of Jericho with the people of Israel,
and they did an amazing thing.
They did it because the Lord God Almighty commanded them to.
For six days Israel’s men of war and people marched around the city walls.
The people in the city must have been laughing at them!
What a silly thing to do they would think.
“Come on and attack, if you dare! Ha, Ha!”

Marching with them were seven priests,
carrying the special “Ark” of Jehovah God around the city.
It was a holy box or chest made of acacia wood.
It was covered in gold.
Over the ark were two golden cherubim,
with their faces turned toward each other (Lev. 162).
The Ark was always covered when it carried.
The priests also had seven trumpets made of rams (male sheep) horns.

Well, it must have been some sight to see!
The priests marching with the Ark of God.
A crowd of people going too.
And then the priests would blow  very loud on the ram’s horns,
and the people of Israel would give a great shout together.
Joshua told the people when to shout out.
The soldiers went before the Ark, looking very grand and fierce.

They marched right around Jericho and then had a rest for the night.
It was a big city you see.
In the morning Joshua got up really early.
And the priests took up the golden Ark.
And they did the same again.
Blowing and shouting and marching around the city walls, for six whole days.
Having rests at night in their camp.

On the seventh day, Joshua said a new  thing.
We will march around seven times not just once.
He then said, “We will SHOUT! For the Lord has given you the city!”
So the people shouted a mighty great shout,
and the priests blew the trumpets very loud.
And do you know what happened?
You guessed it! The city walls fell down flat.
As though an earthquake had flattened them.
Or an invisible space blaster had zapped them!
The city of Jericho was then captured,  the people of Israel could just rush in as Jericho had no walls to keep anyone out.

Read Joshua 6:20.

EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS

Archeologists have found evidence that ancient Jericho once had its walls knocked flat! It is a real historical fact. The Bible is the Truth of God in every way.
The big lesson we can learn is that,
God gives spiritual victories to believers who are weak in themselves.
We can appear foolish and to have very little might,
as far as the people of this world think of smartness and power.
But with God on our side, we will win the battles of life every time.
For when we are weak, He is strong for us.
Read: II Corinthians 10:3-5.

“...in distresses for Christ’s sake
...when I am weak, then am I strong.”
(II Corinthians 12:10).


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