Thursday, November 27, 2008


"Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, 'See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men..." (Joshua 6:1-2)

Imagine Jericho. It looked nothing like the cities we tend to think of, in part because its outer border was a thick stone wall rather than a small signpost marking the edge of a political territory. An army could not simply march in; the city wall was a barrier of significant size and strength. It was there, just outside the "tightly shut up" Jericho, that Joshua encountered God. And what message did God bring? "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands..."

I wonder if Joshua thought this strange.

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