Chapter 5: Israel Keeps the Commandments
Inhabitants of Canaan fear the children of Israel. All the uncircumcised males in Israel are taken to be circumcised. Israel keeps the commandments and completes the Passover, where they eat the fruit of the land, the Manna that the Lord had given to them ceases. The captain of the Lord’s host appears before Joshua.
Chapter 6: Jericho is destroyed
Joshua prepares the Israelites for war against Jericho. Seven (7) priests are given seven (7) trumpets of rams’ horns. They are to surround the city of Jericho and sound the horns for six (6) days, and on the seventh day to make a long blast with the seven (7) horns to start the war.
Joshua commands the people: “…Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice… until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout” (Joshua 6:10), here Joshua is telling his people to be quiet until the day that they need to scream. But this reminds me of churches today that scream and dance around… think about it… how can the spirit be there?
Anyways… on the seventh day; Joshua speaks to the Israelites and tells them; “…Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city. And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her house, because she hid the messengers that we had sent. (see Joshua 2)” (Joshua 6:16-17)
Joshua, as a war rally, tells them to be careful of what they touch, because it is evil within the city. But the silver, gold, brass and iron are to come into the Treasury of the Lord. The people shouted and charged the city, the walls of the city fell flat and all was “utterly destroyed” (Joshua 6:21). Joshua commands the 2 spies from Joshua 2, to go in and get Rahab and her family from the city, before they burn Jericho to the ground.
Joshua sends a warning and a curse for anyone who decides to rebuild the city of Jericho. The Lord was with Joshua and the fame of him was spread wide throughout the region.