July 07, 2017
Read: Joshua 5:13 - 6:27
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Scripture- Joshua 6:27 “So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land”
Observations- Some scholars have suggested that we should talk about a Hexateuch instead of a Pentateuch. In other words, instead of the first five, we should group the first six books of the Bible in one cohesive block, because what was promised to Abraham in the book of Genesis was fulfilled in the book of Joshua.
This section we read today “The fall of Jericho”, reflects a major milestone in the long and conflictual process of conquering the promised land. Jericho´s strategic location, together with its political and religious connotation, made it a crucial target in Joshua´s master plan. Jericho was the headquarters of idolatry and paganism, the distribution center of a culture of tolerance that practiced the sacrifice of children to their many “coexisting” gods.
Application- Our rational mentality still questions the fact that a group of displaced immigrants conquered an established city, known as the stronghold of the Canaanite feudal system. But moving away from all academic speculation, we don´t need to read between lines to learn how far God can go when it´s time to keep His promises.
The supernatural manifestation of the One and Living God is an unstoppable force that´s still available for all who believe His promises are true. Just like in the Canaanite society of Joshua´s time, when liberalism and paganism become a stablished culture, God raises spiritual leaders who believe that there is Power in the Name of Jesus to scatter the forces of darkness and establish His people, His kingdom.
Prayer- Dear Lord Jesus, help us not only pray, but also live in your Name. Amen!