God's plan.

By On Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:50
God's plan.

Imagine with me the scene in the unfolding of Joshua Chapter 6.

 ‘Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.’

The Israelite’s army is possibly running trials on their weapon system; the snipers are perfecting their sharp shooting skills, blacksmiths adding final touches on new spears/arrows. Army men trained to climb walls are getting final instructions drilled into them. Thorough-bred horses are getting fed on the highest quality hay available to ensure they are well fed before going into battle.

A group of generals are poring over the blue print of Jericho like Michael Scofield in prison break. They have a fancy name for the operation like blue swan or something distant and cryptic. All the entry points into Jericho are laid out in form of strategies. The army is ready to go to war.

Joshua chapter 6 verse 2 records;

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and      its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

Now Joshua has to go to the children of Israel and tell them what the Lord says. He walks to the gathering of the people, the army men are possibly chanting war songs ready to go into battle. The women and children are watching from a distance.

Joshua asks for the people to be gathered so he can address them. He steps on a dais and asks the priests from the praise and worship team to step forward with their instruments.

Next Joshua calls for the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant.  He asks the army men to be in two groups; one to guard the Ark of the Covenant in front and the other to guard the priests who would be blowing trumpets as they marched around Jericho.

He further instructs the army men not to make war cries until the seventh day, when they are to give a loud shout after going round the city of Jericho seven times. For the Lord said he had delivered the city of Jericho to the children of Israel.

 End of plan.

The army must have been shocked by this plan.

 

 

 But then the bible records;

Isaiah 55:9

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Regina Gichunge is a bloger @ http://gasheri.co.ke

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