The fear in the land of Jericho increased when all of Israel crossed over the Jordan on dry land. As the Hebrews made their final preparations, the land of Jericho went into lockdown.
Joshua 6:1 tells us, “Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in.” (ESV)
God knew that the people of Jericho were already frightened, so He had Joshua heighten the tension. He gave instruction for the priests and army to march once around the city for six days. As they marched, the priests blew horns.
Can you imagine what it must have been like for the people of Jericho to watch the Israelites parading around their city? How confused they must have been. Only one woman watched with mounting interest.
As everyone else panicked, Rahab calmly gathered together her family members and waited for the Israelites to destroy Jericho.
On the seventh day, the Hebrews marched once around the city, then again, and again. Seven times around with the priests blewing their horns. At the end of the seventh trip, the priests gave out a final loud blast and all the people shouted with a mighty yell.
And the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. While the Israelites were capturing the city, the two spies went to Rahab’s house and rescued Rahab and her family. The two men took them to the outskirts of the Israelite camp.
Rahab went on to marry Salmon, from the line of Judah, and her great, great grandson was King David. Her faith is praised in Hebrews 11:31.
If we have the faith of Rahab we, too, can stand strong even if our world crumbles around us.
Rahab redeemed in Scripture: Joshua 6, Hebrews 11:31
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