6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up.(locked
and bolted).because of the children
None went out and none came in.
the first city in the 'promised land'.(Joshua
Israelites took after coming out of captivity
to Egypt. God had determined the promised land to them. Jericho was
a beautiful city of palm trees.(Judges
had good soil for gardens. Ruins of the massive, winding stone walls that
fell down can still be seen there.
6:2 And the LORD said unto Joshua,
See, I have given into your hand Jericho and the king thereof and the mighty
men of valour.
6:3 And you shall compass the city, all you men of war and go round
about the city once. Thus shall you do six days.
6:4,5 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of
rams' horns. And the seventh day you shall compass the city seven times
and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass,
that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn and when you hear
the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout
and the wall of the city shall fall down flat and the people shall ascend
up every man straight before him.
6:6-16 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said unto them,
Take up the ark
of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams'
horns before the ark of the LORD. And he said unto the people, Pass on
and compass the city and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of
the LORD. And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people,
that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed
on before the LORD and blew with the trumpets. And the ark of the covenant
of the LORD followed them. And the armed men went before the priests that
blew with the trumpets and the rereward
came after the ark, the priests going on and blowing with the trumpets.
And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, You shall not shout, nor make
any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth,
until the day I bid you shout. Then shall you shout. So the ark of the
LORD compassed the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp
and lodged in the camp. And Joshua rose early in the morning and the priests
took up the ark of the LORD. And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of
rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually and blew with
the trumpets. And the armed men went before them, but the rereward came
after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on and blowing with the trumpets.
And the second day they compassed the city once and returned into the camp.
So they did six days. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they
rose early about the dawning of the day and compassed the city after the
same manner seven times. Only on that day they compassed the city seven
times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with
the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout, for the LORD has given
you the city.
6:17 And the city shall be accursed.(original
for 'accursed' is 'devoted', that is, devoted to God's purpose for it and
God wanted the city and its inhabitants gone), even it and
all that are therein, to the LORD. Only Rahab
the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because
she hid the messengers that we sent..
New Testament Notes In other cases the inhabitants only of the
towns were slain. Their cattle and property became the booty of the victors.
But Jericho, as the first
city that was captured, was devoted by Israel as firstfruits to God as
a token that Israel received all the land from Him. Every living thing
was put to death, Rahab and her household excepted and the indestructible
goods were brought into the treasury of the sanctuary. Why if they were
just ordinary people were they wiped out?.Luke
13:1-5. Well, like today, people have their false gods and like people
back then, don't want to be bothered with the real God in their lives:.Jeremiah
44:16,17; 2Samuel 7:23.
born good, but
soon after start on the road of ordinary
consciousness living, a living involving both good and bad things for
us. Often we quickly learn to disallow the many
prompts coming to us daily from God. Needing
to listen to what comes to mind is important in determining if what
is being heard, that is, what wells up in the mind, is good or of the dark
consciousness of mankind is susceptible
to receiving prompts from the dark side as well as from God, the good side.
Dark side influences appeal to the
14:12. The way out is to continue
to grow spiritually in love for self and others. That will help them. One
of the ways to help mankind.
6:18 And you, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing.(Joshua
7:13), lest you make yourselves accursed, when you take
of the accursed thing and make the camp of Israel a curse and trouble it.
6:19-21 But all the silver and gold and vessels of brass and iron are
consecrated unto the LORD. They shall come into the treasury of the LORD.
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets. And it came
to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet and the people
shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people
went up into the city, every man straight before him and they took the
city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and
woman, young and old and ox and sheep and ass, with the edge of the sword.
6:22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country,
Go into the harlot's house and bring out thence the woman and all that
she has, as you sware unto her.
6:23 And the young men that were spies went in and brought out Rahab
and her father and her mother and her brethren and all that she had and
they brought out all her kindred and left them without the camp of Israel.
6:24 And they burnt the city with fire and all that was therein. Only
the silver and the gold and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put
into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive and her father's household
and all that she had and she dwells in Israel even unto this day because
she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man
before the LORD, that rises up and builds this city Jericho. He shall lay
the foundation thereof in his firstborn and in his youngest son shall he
set up the gates of it.
6:27 So the LORD was with Joshua and his fame was noised throughout
all the country.