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The Walls of Jericho
Recent events remind us of the Walls of Jericho. Great battles like in the Old Testament are similar. Let’s delve a bit deeper into the story and take a look at the context of this miracle
This story is situated in the book of Joshua, the first for the conquest of Canaan (Joshua 6:1-27). This means that the company just ended wandering in the desert for 40 years and Moses just died. This happens just after the crossing of the Jordan, an event similar to the crossing of the Red Sea. The crossing of the Jordan, which also split the waters, brought them into the Promised Land.
Firstly, Joshua sent two spies into Jericho, finding out the people feared the people and the Lord. These spies stayed at the inn of Rachel, the harlot of Jericho. When the King of Jericho learnt of that, he asked Rachel where they were. Rachel didn’t tell where they were. When the spies escaped, they promised to spare her, if she would hang out a red chord.
After that, the battle began, for six days the priest walked around the city with the Ark of the Covenant.
On the seventh day, they walked around the city seven times, then the priests blew on their ram’s horns. After that, the people shouted and the wall fell (with an unimaginable).
From the city, no one was spared. Only Rahab was spared, a harlot, because she received the spies and believed. Later in the New Testament (Hebrews 11:31 and James 2:25), is called to have faith and considered righteousness.
She later returns as mother of Boaz and great-grandmother of King David.
The book of Joshua is also where the sun stands still, another one of the great miracles.