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Jericho Before You

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7 February 2023

Jericho was an ancient city located near the Jordan River. It is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Jericho is described in the Hebrew Bible as the “City of Palm Trees.” Copious springs in and around the city attracted human habitation for thousands of years.[1]  Jericho was well fortified in security. This suggests that the city was loaded with precious gold and other mineral resources that man desired. More importantly, Jericho was the gate city of the land of Canaan. Jericho was one of the cities slated to be part of the inheritance of Israelites in the Promised Land, and the fortified Jericho wall was standing between the Israelites and their inheritance in the land.

In order that the people of God would possess their possession in the Promised Land, they must overcome spiritual ignorance. In Hosea 4:6, the scripture says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge …” Even if they do not know what to do about their quest, they need to trust on God Almighty the Creator of all things who knows all things, and able to take them to their inheritance in the land. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) That is why the people of God must attain spiritual maturity. God commanded Israelites to compass the city once each day for six days, and seven times on the seventh day and after that, they should unleash a shout and the wall of Jericho will fall. The battle logistic seemed unreasonable, unreal and ridiculous but it is only the people with spiritual maturity that can faithfully follow the battle strategy of God.

The Israelites have to embrace salvation before they could enter. Only the elects of the Lord that passed through the Red Sea and baptized unto Moses in the cloud of the sea (their own form of baptism) can obtain their inheritance of the Promised Land. “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4) They were delivered with the mighty stretched hands of God from the Egyptians and were led to cross the Red Sea on dry ground and this constituted their salvation.

Only the circumcised children of God were able to overcome the Jericho wall to obtain their inheritance in the Promised Land. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan river and settled in Gilgal, God commanded Joshua to circumcise all the male children born in the wilderness. “At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, ‘Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.’ And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.” (Joshua 5:2-3) From the concept of the physical circumcision of the foreskins of Israelites before obtaining physical inheritance, only people with spiritual circumcised hearts—that is, people that severed themselves from wickedness and worldliness of the flesh and yielded unto righteousness and holiness of God—will be able to subdue their spiritual Jericho wall and enter into their spiritual inheritance. After the circumcision, God said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.” Joshua 5:9

The people of God are those that were spiritually adopted by grace through faith of salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)  They are the people that God prepared for their inheritance when He removed the hindering reproaches of enemies from their lives after they yielded themselves unto God by circumcision.  They yielded in obedience to all the commandments of God mentioned above and He granted them victory and ability to enter into their inheritance.

God did not say ‘it is not going to rain.’  He did not promise that there will be no windy storm. But He had assured us of His peace and His sunshine. We know and fully persuaded that we shall not be swept away with the storm of this world. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19) His divine presence will never depart from us, and as He had given the descendants of Abraham victory over their enemies in Jericho, He will grant us a resounding victory in all walks of our lives, in Jesus name. Have you been adopted through salvation? Is your heart circumcised and separated unto God? The Jericho before you shall be subdued and you will majestically walk into your inheritance, in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer: O Lord, my own Jericho, the land of plenty is right before me, but the wall of Jericho is constituting hindrance. Father, grant me your abundant grace to yield to your precepts so that I will overcome the wall of hindrance and enter into my inheritance, in Jesus name, Amen.

[1] Wikipedia. Jericho. Online information obtained—March 17, 2015


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