The Israelite army rushed in and conquered the city.
Only Rahab and her family were spared. Joshua felt unqualified for the monumental task of taking over for Moses, but God promised to be with him every step of the way, just as he had been for Moses. This same God is with us today, protecting and guiding us.
Rahab, the prostitute, made the right choice. She went with God, instead of the evil people of Jericho. Joshua spared Rahab and her family in the battle of Jericho. Rahab is named in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus as the mother of Boaz and great-grandmother of King David. Joshua's strict obedience to God is a crucial lesson from this story.
At every turn, Joshua did exactly as he was told and the Israelites prospered under his leadership. An ongoing theme in the Old Testament is that when the Jews obeyed God, they did well. When they disobeyed, the consequences were bad. The same is true for us today. As Moses' apprentice, Joshua learned firsthand that he wouldn't always understand God's ways.
Human nature sometimes made Joshua want to question God's plans, but instead, he chose to obey and watch what happened. Joshua is an excellent example of humility before God.
The Fall of Jericho - Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua. The Battle of Jericho is an incident from the Book of Joshua, being the first battle fought by the of the Book of Joshua have led archaeologists like William G. Dever to characterise the story of the fall of Jericho as "invented out of whole cloth.
Joshua's strong faith in God led him to obey, no matter how illogical God's command might be. Joshua also drew from the past, remembering the impossible deeds God had accomplished through Moses.
Do you trust God with your life? Have you forgotten how he brought you through past troubles?
God has not changed and he never will. He promises to be with you wherever you go. Share Flipboard Email. Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics.
Finally, the salvation of Rahab and her household shows that even the holy war against the Canaanites was not absolute. Since this holy war was limited in scope and duration, the church is not allowed to take up the sword against unbelievers. First published in Tabletalk Magazine , an outreach of Ligonier.
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