Jericho March: Bringing Down The Walls
During a consideration of what it will be like after Monica’s miracle, her early life was remembered. She loved for us to hold her hands and let her feet touch the floor; she would high step in trying to walk, and sheer joy would be on her face! A full, infectious smile and deep laughter would often engulf everything and everyone around her. Oh, how happy she will be when her miracle allows her to get up and walk! Uncontainable joy, happiness, and laughter will again engulf everything and everyone around her! But the thought occurred; how will we ever get her to sit still through church? After these many years that she has been bound we cannot stop the pure joy that she will feel. We should get in behind her and have what churches used to call a Jericho March! Let us consider the physical occurrence at Jericho;
Joshua 6:1 – 5 NOW Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go around the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
Each day and each time that the children of Israel marched around the walls of Jericho they were weakening the walls, but also showing their obedience and diligence in following the purpose and plan of God. The children of Israel had to hear and follow the pattern of God completely. The seven days and the seven times on the seventh day represent the repetition of our battle; they could not quit, not after the first time or even after the twelfth time, and see the promise totally fulfilled. Neither can we quit hearing and obeying, or we will not receive the fullness of the promises of God. A Jericho march was to the church physically declaring the continuation of the spiritual battle. It is spiritually similar to the physical example of the sacrifices in the Old Testament;
Hebrews 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
The Jericho march acknowledges the spiritual necessity to change, and declares to God the willingness to change. The church today must repent and return to the spiritual battle in hearing and obeying God, and not walk in the complacency and repetition of the pattern of man.
Then God led to consider: what will be the promise or purpose we will be marching for? There must be a purpose for the march - to bring down the walls we have built or allowed in our walk! If we have a divided heart, hanging onto things of the flesh, we will not be able to conquer as God desires for us to. As in the scriptures about Jericho … none came in, the walls prevent the spiritual walk we have been called to. If our flesh is in control, we only leave a minimal, partitioned, area for God. God will not dwell in the cubicle of your choosing!
Let us return to further consider the spiritual object lesson God gave of the apartment door that had “stripes” of light, or shadow, on it. We were discussing The Light, Jesus, at that time and did not go into depth on the walls that can block the light. To refresh our memory; inside the door, and adjoining the connecting wall, was a strip light with four bulbs. All four bulbs shone fully on the first stripe on the door, and it was very bright. In a very short distance the wall blocked the light from the first bulb, and then each additional light. As each was blocked or obscured by the wall, each succeeding stripe became correspondingly darker. There was a fifth level of darkness that received only the reflection of the light from the walls of the room.
After some time God led to understand that if something is used to block even the reflection of light from the walls another level of darkness can be seen. This is similar to our prior walk in our sin; that darkness or absence of light is where we were spiritually; we did not even recognize or comprehend The Light shining in those around us. Our salvation allowed us to begin seeing the light. But after coming to a saving knowledge of God there remain walls that obstruct the light; the walls of sin, the walls of iniquity, the walls of flesh, the walls of complacency, or the walls of unbelief that we build up or leave in our heart will obscure the amount of light we can see or receive. We continue through life turning at those walls, following the former paths; a maze of not finding the blessing and purpose God has for our lives. Let us consider a few examples, to allow you to examine your own life for walls.