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The Walls of Jericho

The walls tumble down!

Application:

Nothing is impossible or too difficult for God to do.

Bible Text:

Joshua chapter 6.

 

Lesson:

The people of Israel had surrounded Jericho, but the great gates were shut tight and the walls were impossibly high and thick.  No one could climb over them and no battering ram would break down those walls.  And now all the people were wondering, "What is Joshua going to do?"

After all, the Jericho soldiers were high above the Israelites on those huge thick walls.  And they were ready with boiling oil and bows and arrows to kill any Israelite soldiers who came too close!  How do you think Joshua was going to get into that city and defeat the soldiers? (Let the children respond).

But God spoke to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and all its fighting men.  March round the city once a day with all the armed men and do this for six days.  Have seven priests carry trumpets made from ram's 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 all the people give a great shout, and then the walls will collapse and the soldiers will be able to march straight into the city."

Joshua Obeys:

When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward blowing their trumpets, and the Ark of the Lord's covenant followed them.  The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and a rear guard followed the ark.  All the time the trumpets were sounding, but Joshua had commanded the people, "Do not give a war cry and do not speak a word until the day when I tell you to shout!

What do you think the peoiople of Jericho's walls shouted at the people of Israel? (Let the children respond).  And so the Ark of the Lord was carried around the city once, and then all the people of Israel returned to their camp and spent the night there.

How will the Walls Come Down?

The walls of Jericho seemed impossibly high and towered over little Amos as he ran along trying to keep up with his family.  They had been walking round the city every day for six days, and today they had so far walked around Jericho six times.  And now he was tired as they went round the seventh time.  "How will the walls ever come down?" he wondered, "And how will the soldiers get the victory over the city?  Just then the Priests blew their trumpets and Amos' father began to shout and so did all the other people of Israel.  It was a great shout and it sent the birds screaming into the air.

The Walls Fall:

"This is exciting," thought Amos as he screamed with everyone, "The victory is ours and the victory is God's!"  And then there was silence!  You could have heard a pin drop.  Nothing happened and and all the people held their breath, and then suddenly there was a loud crack!  Amos gasped as he gazed up and saw the great walls in front of him begin to topple.  The walls bulged outward and then fell with a terrible crash!

With a ringing cry, the soldiers rushed forward over the pile of broken wall and in no time all the people in the city were defeated!  Amos was amazed at the victory the Lord gave Israel that day.  "But those walls were so high and thick," he said to his father.  "Ah, but they could never stand up to our mighty God," replied Father, "Nothing is too hard or difficult for Him to do!"

All Things are Possible:

You see children, with God all things are possible, and in Mark 9:23 Jesus said:

"All things are possible to him who believes."

You may have big problems at school or difficult circumstances at home, but you need to remember that nothing is impossible or too difficult for our God to do.  Those walls of Jericho were too high to climb, and too thick to smash down.  But not for God and with His power, just a great shout brought them tumbling down!

God loves and cares for His children with an everlasting love.  And so you can talk to God in prayer and tell Him all your problems and needs.  And then remember that all things are possible for God, and so you can put all your trust in Him and know that He will meet your needs.

God bless!

 

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