June 17, 2018
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Ancestors of Our Faith
Summer Sermon Series
Character Biography for Joshua
The story of the battle of Jericho is one that has been shared for many generations in word and in song. For a ragtag group of Israelites who had been wandering in the wilderness for forty years, this event served as definitive proof that God was with them and that the Promised Land was soon to become a reality.
Jericho stood at the entrance to the valley. In order for the Hebrew people to advance, this city had to fall. But it was a walled fortress, well protected. God’s instructions were precise. For six days, Joshua and the soldiers of Israel were to march around the city of Jericho, blowing trumpets. The procession was to be led by priests blowing ram’s horn and the priests bearing the Ark of the Covenant. On the seventh day, after a long blast with the ram’s horn, the people were to shout. Shout they did, just as God commanded. And the walls fell down flat. God delivered the city of Jericho into the hands of the Israelites.
Biography of Joshua from All-in-one Bible Fun, published by Abingdon Press, 1997.
Permission granted by United Methodist Publishing House.