The battle of Jericho is a famous battle which has gone down the annals of oral history. Many of us know this story well. Joshua led his men, marched around the city for seven days, and the city fell. If we study this story closely, we will be able to see how God fights battles, and from there learn how Jesus wants us to approach our battles in life.

The battle of Jericho is unique because Jericho was the first battle Israel fought in the promised land of Canaan. It was also their first battle under new leadership. Moses, the great man who led Israel out of Egypt, had died and a new generation of leaders had been commissioned, led by Joshua.

“Moses, my servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:2-3

At Jericho, it was also a new generation of Israel who would fight. The old generation that had wondered in the wilderness for 40 years had all but passed away.

“…All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Egypt.” Joshua 1:4

Frightening time, isn’t it? New environment, new leadership, new crew. If it were to happen today, the equivalent share price on the modern day stock exchange would show the Israel counter as suffering a little lack in investor confidence. After all, the old had passed away. Who knows if the new will stay?

But when we look with God’s eyes, we see that the most powerful force in this equation, indeed the only omnipotent force in this equation as always been a constant, God. Let’s see how God gave Israel the victory.

Before the fighting even started, it is recorded for us that there was fear in Jericho. Rahab, the lady who hid Joshua’s spies, who had gone to check out the land, said to them,

“I know the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:9-11

Right of the mark, God strikes fear into the hearts of the enemy. Military strategists know how important the art of intimidation is and God does this best against His enemies. But you know what is even more wonderful for us than this? It is that His promise of warding off our enemies stands for us even today. What a wonderful comfort to know that we can stand firm in His protection!

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” Deuteronomy 28:7

Then, before the battle, the Lord met Joshua.

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord, I have now come.” Joshua 5:13-14

Not only does God meet us in our times of trouble, as Commander of His own army, He leads His legions to fight with us, for us, alongside us, and as we have just seen, before us. What a comfort God gives.

And just in case, some of us are wondering if Joshua was visited by anyone else other than God Himself, He says to Joshua,

“Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” Joshua 5:15

If you find this familiar, it is because He said the same thing to Moses at the burning bush,

“Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

And at the time of battle, Joshua was instructed to carry the ark of the covenant in the midst of the warring company.

“So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.” Joshua 6:8-9

And the rest, as they say, is history.

When we look closely at all that has happened, we realize that God gave Israel the victory even before He gave Joshua any instruction. That is how much God and Jesus knows of your situation and wants to win your battles for you. That even before Israel asked, He already prepared the way. So too, even before you even know to ask, He has already prepared the way.

Then He stands on the battle ground, before the battle, sword in hand, legions behind Him, ready to go with you. All you need to do is go to Him. In the same way that it is recorded for us that Joshua went to Him and asked Him, so too if we go to Him and ask Him, He will give you the same answer.

So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord, I have now come.” Joshua 5:14

Because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

And if we allow Him to go with us in our midst, and we announce His presence with trumpets, He will give us the supernatural victory, we only need watch.

“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Beloved child of God, Jesus wants you to know that He knows what you are going through. He wants you to know that He has already struck fear into the hearts of your enemies and is standing on the battle ground, sword in hand, legions behind Him, waiting for you to go to Him. Go to Him today and let Him go with you and give you the supernatural victory that He wants you to have. Turn to Jesus today and watch your troubles all melt away.

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