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Conquest of Jericho (Part B)

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September 30, 2020 6:00 am

Conquest of Jericho (Part B)

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September 30, 2020 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the Book of Joshua (Joshua 6)

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We understand a lot about God and ourselves from the Bible we don't understand. Of course everything about God cannot be fully understood and otherwise it would be worthy of worship.

One thing that belongs to worship his all that this is beyond me. This is something so high and so lift it up. I just kind of appreciate what I can lay hold of and also appreciate that there's an infinite amount more that I can hold or get hold of.

I just love knowing that that is there.

The ultimate mysteries of God. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.

Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Joshua. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching today. Pastor Rick continues his message called conquest of Jericho as he teaches through Joshua chapter 6.

We need to talk about the emphasis of the number 77 Pres seven trumpets count them in the count second is the cute one, 737 trumpets, seven days of marching seven circuits around the city and then the seventh day, a lot of sevens is clearly written into the life of Israel. The number 70. Clearly this a significance to this numbers that we have to be careful that we don't know start trying to read this and as an omen into something it is there. There are lessons in the number four Israel and the way God moves and we can grab some of those lessons but we don't want to become superstitious. You know Matt, it was a Christian baseball team and everybody wanted the number seven, it just wouldn't work out. You have numbers up to like 7777 and just keep going to satisfy some superstition. The number seven the Sabbath created on the seventh of the week 77 is 49.

The 49th, 49 days to Pentecost the 50th day would be the celebration. The seventh year was the sabbatical year again 7749 years comes then the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. Three of Israel's major fees were in the seventh month that would be the feast of trumpets, atonement and and booths and then of course the words number seven in the Hebrew itself, Shiva comes from the root meaning to be full to be satisfied to to be complete and help give this sickness sacred significance to the Jew and shows up in Scripture. They see the number 70 plate they think about what's going on imprinted you go to Genesis chapter 12 verses one through three and God gives seven blessings that he promises to Abraham and you know anybody that I will bless who blesses you I will curse accursed you notice two of the seven that are in that that section of promises seven promises to Abraham. Seven branches on the Tabernacles lampstands is sevens are everywhere. No other number shelves up like seven anything involving the number seven spiritual meaning to them in their Scripture that came from the Lord as others, but that's enough for now, suffice it to say the seven spoke of God's ability to finish whatever he started. That's the point. The seventh day he rested because he finished what he started and curse came and upset the whole thing.

And Jesus comes along and says my father works until now. Yeah I work on the Sabbath. I don't have a day off because sin we understand that with our emergency services.

We do, we don't want them to be on him: what one you sorry they're all off today call back tomorrow and so we can understand that there's this drummer introduced to the human experience. This the Sabbath is not what used to be. Things change.

We adjusted we follow them, we hold to what we can, but we move intelligently through time hopefully us Christians just as as they were to move or come to that again in a minute.

He says an appreciable.

The trumpets Joshua six the word shofar trumpet and another word for trumpet also shows up, but this is just interchangeable is on a different type of horn. I didn't have you know French horns and tubers, which is I may do the if mankind did not have the tube with anybody notice like man. Where is the thing that goes around the guy like him tire now maybe you play the tuber because you didn't like your parents and and if this is interesting thought and you and I haven't had hate mail in a while and give somebody because I got the snake lovers in the two blood was coming after me.

Anyway, the word shofar shows up 14 times in this one chapter in eight versus and so there's an emphasis there is.

This is the horn of war. That's what this is being used and that's its dominant usage and the Scripture so you know, we understand a lot about God and ourselves from the Bible we don't understand. Of course everything about God cannot be fully understood that otherwise it would be worthy of worship. One thing that belongs to worship his all that this is beyond me. This is something so high and so lift it up.

I just kind of appreciate what I can lay hold of and also appreciate that there's an infinite amount more that I can't hold or get hold of that. I just love knowing that that is there. The ultimate mysteries of God as Moses taught in Deuteronomy 29 the secret things belong to God, but there are other things that belong to us. There are the mysteries that we can discover and explore an end used to the glory of the kingdom. Verse five it shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the rams horns and when you hear the sound of the trumpet that all the people shall shout with great a great shout in the wall of the city shall fall down flat and the people shall go up every man straight before him know that will be on the seventh day when the walls go flat in the people go and enter the city of the wall to not have to come down in every single place. Incidentally, they only need to come down with a need to be breached. That is an interesting thought. Also, because Rahab had everything collapse her house being on the wall. She would have been in the rubble and God doesn't do it that way. This a lot of details in this section that really are are dead-end rabbit trails just not really worth you know you sure was another trumpet eyes to agonize over these things and you end up in dead ends and you get back to wait a minute. The study of the words to find out what God is saying it's not just this you know adventure hunt can be a little bit just can't let it get carried away so it would be one loud, long, clear blast that would do the city in and so we have it ordered by God commanded through Joshua Joshua and executed by the troops.

The priest and the truth, the priest with the horns the troops with the swords, verse six, and so there we have men with horns and men with sword, not horns going out of their head, but they have horns. Nonetheless, I thought that was kinda cute when I read it to myself earlier, but you guys dull heart. Verse six then Joshua the son of nun called the priest and said to them, take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priest bear seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark of Yahweh, and he said to the people proceed and march around the city and let him who is armed advance before the ark of Yahweh now begins the first of six days marching around the city says proceed and march around the city any objections troops nobody object. No record of anybody saying all mankind on not do that is just no hint of it.

Nobody looking to do their own thing over they will be of course a can. He will show up in the story. Chapter 6 because of the events in chapter 7.

Again, many Christians are out of formation.

They're not ready to march around the city's not ready to follow orders and they are missing their missing men says and let them and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord. That is the Vanguard the troops in front.

Steve got the ark of the covenant is there, but the troops are in front of the ark. God also puts troops in the back rear guard and will be getting to that rear guard to protect the priest and defend the people in case the enemy decides to come out and attack during this March. Verse eight so it was when Joshua had spoken to the people that seven priest bearing the seven trumpets of rams horns before our advance and blew the trumpets and the ark of the covenant of the Lord, follow them, followed them. Everybody loves a parade. This is really not a parade. This is a forced march is a difference in a forced march a hike. If you never been on a forced march. And you been on a hike can't tell the difference just let you take my word for it anyway. This forced Martha ready for war. All Jericho is got to be perplexed, but what is happening here looking if if you are about the humanistic critic comes along God is so mean and all of them probably in that tone.

God is giving them space to repent. How come no one sees that it Rahab could figure it out. God is giving them more space they don't take it just like the world that's the story of the great white throne. I gave you space to repent. I sent Christians I published Bibles I did signs and wonders. I documented them for you.

I preserve them for you, but you said no or Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her how often I wanted to gather your children as a hen gathers her brood which you were not willing that is the story of the world not just Jerusalem. And yet in that story countless multitudes get saved and we are grateful. And that's why we have to stay focused that everything we do is to save souls that is the objective to raise your children to go to work to support the chair everything we do is logistical to save souls and we have to figure out what what is my role and then executed, and that is good.

It is good to have troops know their duty to know what they imagine going on a ship and the crew doesn't know what you're supposed to know the name for ship like that song anyway. Let him who is armed advance before the ark and the verse eight is sweet just read. So was Joshua had spoken to the people. Seven priest bearing seven from RAM are I read that in the we get it in our heads. Reading this in humans are called exercise faith those troops in the priest had to exercise faith. The very thing that the flesh never wants to do is never comfortable doing.

It's easier to read about it in the lives of the heroes of the faith and instead execute these things is the story you know you're at the word in the workplace and somebody challenges your faith and now you understand up and say no I don't believe that. I think that is wrong.

I think it is wrong because God says it is wrong I don't have to like it. You want to like it either you not like that I like or God. The fact is I believe God just as it was set that is doing the lessons Eliza told name and go dip in the in the river Jordan, and your leprosy will be washed away name and named Scott that that is believe this Blessed are you kidding me with a better rivers in Syria drum that money thing, but Naaman acted with reason. When his loved one semester to one of the beautiful miss parts of the story of Naaman and make it sound like I got it one semester drunk, but some of that's true, the loved ones around in this think they circled around him as his and he said what he has to do something spectacular you doing Lando Presley that you'd like to lose.

They wanted they wanted Naaman cleanse if they hated him as a general, they would've said yeah you're right. Stay away from the river. Let's go back to Syria, but they done they do not be appealed, and he listened to them. Which brings out the story. His relationship with them. He wasn't this tyrant leader Gen. that I don't tell me what to do. He had a relationship with his with his people so faith is the point come back to that little bit. It's always it always needs to be addressed from the pulpit. Often it needs to be addressed because we our faith leaks out of us.

We have it for a while and it just would like, you know, silver strainer or something in the kitchen you you bought a spa stand in the water strains out some of faith goes like that you bore the word and an environment. Everything leaks. I got a build it back up.

Maybe not a good analogy, but everybody likes pasta.

In fact, I don't mind if you call me pastor Rick.

Anyhow, better than potato the armed men. Verse nine went before the priest and blew the trumpets and the rearguard came after the ark while the priest continued blowing the trumpets armed and dangerous, would not want to be behind Jericho's walls at this point and I won't don't want to be in the other taught side of salvation either. The formation is thus again the armed troops. The priest with the horns, the priest with the ark and then the rear guard the Lord taking away any idea from the enemy of you know what, with sneak up behind him. We can got sufficient amount of troops there. We won't be able to outflank them. Verse 10. Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying you shall not shout or make any noise with your voice and herself a word proceed out of your mouth until the day I say to you, shout, that he who shall shout I'm sorry I try not to know. Make jokes with some of them with a kind of funny. Olivia put it this way. My youngest daughter likes to talk a lot. I mean the oxygen out of the room. She wouldn't be invited in this formation stick is no way she could be quiet for 50 steps nevermind around the city as so the tactical now no jacking because the order now if that links to my little one that's okay because I'm her dad and I could pull rank, but she would be delighted because it would give her not to talk about balances out.

Anyhow, no yakking, that's the blue was the word no talking now if I don't know how the other branches.

I know in the branch that I was in no talking information once it was you call to attention.

Now you business time now and that was it wasn't that difficult.

I will have Sandy with sincerity in the barracks and is anyhow no at the command of God by faith he built the ship with her was no water. I mean there were rivers, but nothing that houses stinging to get the Brown County is like I wanted to build a plane in the middle of the jungle, but with the runway.

Abraham you go offer your son Isaac. Moses sent to defeat Egypt with a stick. I mean just the staff of the rod of God, and it is hand and now Joshua to conquer this fortified city, as it requires faith. We will the side of that is this is why the heathen archaeologist to go to Jericho and you look for any excuse they can find a say.

The Jews didn't do this. God didn't do this.

Seems the standing were looking at the miraculous. Not all of them. Some of the archaeologists of the acknowledgment. This is beyond just coincidence here anyway the faith. It's always about the faith because it's always about the souls of the strength and those who are saved so that they can be used in the processes of reaching the lost. And once those lost to reach they can. We can be involved in the processes of strengthening those who are now saved. Verse 11 so he had the ark of Yahweh circled the city going around it once then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp not here again it is called the ark of Yahweh is also called the ark of God in first Samuel three is called the ark of the testimony in Exodus 25 is okay to have these in interchangeable titles that they know what was taught, what they were talking about, and with respect and it was very appropriate. Verse 12 and Joshua rose early in the morning and the priest took up the ark of the Lord well you know when you've Joshua was go get them. Kind of a guy and he is bringing people well when he gets up early and we've talked about that in earlier chapters.

Verse 16 verse 13 then seven priest bearing seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark of Yahweh went on continually and blew with the trumpets the armed men went before them, but the rearguard came after the ark of the of Yahweh. While the priest continued blowing the trumpets so up in Adam and leaving no sensibly leaving no chance for chance with the rug in the rearguard cannot be understated. Joshua is not saying we will be magically protected.

It was within his power to put together a rearguard sufficient so he does it instead of saying God brought us into this promised land will protect us while he well would you still have a responsibility as I started out as activity of both faith and work in action. In this chapter, and we do, you know we we mature in Christ. Hopefully you let more and more you you think.

What am I supposed to be doing instead of just trying to let God do what you should be doing if you don't study the word of God enough to know the message then how why would God send you in front of an unbeliever to preach the gospel and not be able to handle basic questions. It's not magic you.

We have our responsibility. So if you read up you know a good book that I recommend. I just downloaded it today. I may not have happened in my physical library, but more more and getting them to the electronic library, but Haley's Bible handbook is an excellent basic resource.

Unfortunately, I think Zondervan of each evils has the rights to it. Now they not always been Zondervan. Used to be a good publisher but they sold out in a very heavy liberal influence in their materials now, but if you can get an earlier addition like we have in the chapel store with a not tampered with Haley's overview of Christian history, which is excellent overview. You go fill in the details. In other places, but you get an overview of Christian history's report on the Roman Catholic Church and Reformation is excellent, and so anyways as he has a section on each book of the Bible. He doesn't want to do it.

Too much detail. If you don't have a lot of time but you have some time. Haley's is the place to go to build up your your witness through your knowledge of the word okay verse 14 and the second day they marched around the city once a return to the camp so they did six days.

Still nothing happened.

The walls are still there seeming like the going in circles and we must let God arrange the unknown that hurts and I just want him to just tell me everything verse 15 what it came to pass in the seventh day that they rose early about the dawning of the day and marched around the city seven times in the same manner.

On that day only. They marched around the city seven times. So again, the inhabitants of Jericho rather than what they really lost it. Now they can't stop marching scoring here they come again this, they must've been the just of I do crazy time but Joshua's Army represents the judgment of God, and it is now complete. It is, is now here and Rahab of course no longer in the world saved from its doomed because of her decision. God will make good on that verse 16 and the seventh time it happened when the priest blew the trumpets. Joshua said to the people shout for Yahweh has given you the city, and I don't think there's anything really to add that I'm not covered already concerning the walls.

Verse 17 now the city shall be doomed by Yahweh to destruction it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live. She and all who are with her in the house because she hid the messengers that we sent so here's a woman lived her life making wrong decisions makes one right decision one right decision blows away a lifetime of wrong moves. That is the gospel that is the good news. You can mess things up all your life and in instant because to God. God says it's really not so much about what you do that and not factoring that out entirely, but what it is about his you and me what you say about me were you with me. How's our relationship going. If you do not see that I am sovereign Almighty and there's nobody else that we can be friends and doesn't matter what happens. Everything in the Great Wall of China is not going is going to burn up wood hay and stubble to come along things in Minute Maid of the monuments of the regular chillout faces on Mount Rushmore and you and Mount not so fast. More those all this.

Sorry. I'm tired to slip ready for a nap. Hebrews chapter 11. By faith the walls of Jericho from Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days by faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe there is right there. It's about belief when she had received the spies with peace.

You receive the Holy Spirit with peace because you receiving Christ then you do not perish in the desire that is a message that is enough. That's enough of our message to preach and preach that day. Anybody can save you an unbeliever. This is the story of Rahab the harlot she was in a world Jericho. She knew enough of the true to make a decision hinging she did make a decision that was the right decision. The others did not.

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