Joshua: Mighty Military Leader Carries Out an Unorthodox Battle Strategy

On this podcast, we learn about a great military leader who trusted God in everything and conquered a prominent city through an unorthodox battle plan. Today, we’re talking about Joshua and the battle of Jericho.Episode #12- Joshua: Mighty Military Leader Carries Out an Unorthodox Battle Strategy

 

On this podcast, we learn about a great military leader who trusted God in everything and conquered a prominent city through an unorthodox battle plan. Today, we’re talking about Joshua and the battle of Jericho.

When you think about Joshua and the battle of Jericho, you might start humming to yourself, as Crystal did, the children’s song about him that goes like this:

 

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho

Jericho, Jericho

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho

And the walls came tumbling down!

 

There are several more stanzas, but you get the picture. Joshua is often most remembered for his role in bringing down the walls of Jericho, which is the primary focus of our episode today.

 

First, explore who Joshua was and get a little backstory. Numbers 27:18 refers to him as the son of Nun. The meaning of the name Joshua is “Yahweh is salvation.” He was an Israelite born into Egyptian slavery and one of the Israelites to accompany Moses when he led the people out of Egypt. Joshua lived from 1494-1385 BC, passing away at the age of 110. The major Bible texts we will be using today as we study Joshua is Exodus 17, Numbers 14, and the Book of Joshua.

 

In the book, 10 Minutes to Knowing the Men & Women of the Bible, by Jim George, he describes Joshua as “One of the liberated slaves- who at the age of 50 becomes Moses’ aide, his spy, his military leader, and ultimately his successor.”

 

We then learn that after the death of Moses, Joshua becomes the leader of the people of God. In fact, it was Joshua who then leads the people of Israel to begin taking possession of the Promised Land, also known as Canaan, but Jericho stood in their way. To size up Jericho, Joshua sent spies to investigate. They found that Jericho was a formidable fortress of a city with the stone walls that surrounded it towering high into the sky. The gates were locked up tight so that no one could enter or leave without the guards knowing. God then gives Joshua instructions for an unorthodox strategy for the battle of Jericho, which Joshua carried out to a “T.” You can read in detail about the battle in Joshua 6.

 

Before we end the show, Kevin and Crystal discuss two main takeaways from Joshua and the battle of Jericho and how we can apply them to our own lives as believers. Kevin then closes in prayer.

 

Next week- Please join us next time when we look at the role Rahab, a woman of ill repute, played in conquering Jericho. And also how God’s incredible mercy helped her turn her life around and become an ancestor of kings.

 

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Exodus 17
  • Numbers 14
  • The Book of Joshua
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7

 

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