This Month's Promise

“... Christ... was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...”

- (I Corinthians 15:3,4)

Read: Joshua 6: 8-20


"... See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, ...” (Joshua 6: 2)

Jericho was not only the first, but the strongest town of Canaan, and as such was the key to the conquest of the whole land. The possession of this would open the way to the entire land of Canaan and give it into the hands of the Israelites. The Lord would give His people the first and the strongest town of Canaan, as the first-fruits of the land, without any effort on their part, as a sign that He was about to give them the whole land for a possession according to His promise. He did so, in order that they might not regard the conquest of it as their own work, or the fruit of their own efforts, and look upon the land as a well-merited possession, but that they might use it as a gracious gift from the Lord. This was merely conferred upon them as a trust, and the Lord could take away again whenever they might fall from Him and render themselves unworthy of His grace.

All the aspects of the battle of Jericho strengthened the Israelites’ faith in Jehovah. They learned by personal experience that God’s strength and His ability will overcome all their obstacles. In Joshua 6: 2 the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered”. Joshua was commanded to see, understand and so reflect on the fact, as matter of confidence that Jehovah had already given them victory. Victory is always by the Lord’s hands and since victory is by God’s power, we should expect it to be something that bypasses man’s own strength and abilities. Thus the Lord called Joshua to see with eyes of faith and to envision Jericho as destroyed. Even in the New Testament we are assured of our triumph over sin and Satan through our Lord Jesus. II Corinthians 2: 14 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ.” Next in Joshua 6: 2 the Lord said to Joshua “I have delivered.” The word “have delivered” is a prophetic utterance which describes a future event or action as having already been accomplished. Victory was assured by the promise of an omnipotent, faithful God. Dear friends, if we want to win the victory in our spiritual life, we have to go forth in faith, totally depending on God’s strength and His ability. When we go with this confidence then the Lord will remove all obstacles - however large they are - even if they are as huge as the walls of Jericho and gave us the victory.

PRAYER: Lord, You have great blessings in store for me. If I have to inherit them I have to depend on Your strength, Your ability and Your power. Victory comes by Your hand and so let me not boast anything of my own achievements. Help me to walk in faith placing my confidence on You. Amen.