It is really fascinating to discover that God called Israel His host  even before they fought any battles Exodus 12: ) . He fulfilled His word by giving battle strategies first to Moses, then Joshua and others in their history. I was asked in the early hours of this morning to write on this topic. Here is the excerpt from Joshua 6: 13-15:

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, [Art] thou for us, or for our adversaries

 And he said, Nay; but [as] captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

 
 
And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy. And Joshua did so

THE CAPTAIN’S STANCE

The Captain of  the host  was ready for battle, with a sword in His hand.  God is always ready to fight for His people. In fact, Psalm 44:5, 60: 12 and 108 : 13 reiterate that He will tread down our enemies.

THE UNUSUAL RESPONSE

As I just read Joshua 5, I saw that God gave a rather confusing  response to the  question of whose side He was fighting on. He told Joshua “Nay; but [as] captain of the host of the LORD am I now come”. In other words, He said, none of your business Joshua. Obviously I am on your side, but I, not you, are the Captain?

Isn’t it reassuring to know that He will never leave nor forsake us?  We can trust the Lord our God fof His word stands sure and is forever settled in the heavens. Joshua 6 gives His instructions for fighting and the subsequent results. Can shouting bring down walls? According to Cunstance.org, Jericho was surrounded by two parallel walls which were thirty feet high and built of sundried bricks. Houses were built spanning these walls and their weight appeared to  weaken the foundations which were already defective. 

Cunstance explains that the seven day march would have set up vibrations which would have weakened the deteriorating foundations. The mighty shout on day seven set up shock waves which then caused the walls to fall outward. Laugh if you will, but Cunstance gave scenarios from our times in which vibrations contributed to structural weakness in the walls of the Cathedral of Salisbury.

I hope that our faith in God will increase as we trust His unorthodox strategies, but He will win the war for His people. You do not need to fight the battle, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD! Have a great day

Here is a link to the Arthur Cunstance Library http://custance.org/old/hidden/4ch2.html

 
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