“It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” (
Johnny Jones was a mischievous boy. He was more likely to get into trouble in Sunday School than to study his Bible. One day the teacher was discussing
Joshua 6, when she noticed Johnny whispering with another
boy. “Johnny!” she said. “Who caused the walls of to fall?” He quickly answered, “I didn’t do it!” The teacher had reached her limit. Grabbing little Johnny, she hustled him to
the Pastor’s study. When she unfolded
the story, the Pastor looked at the boy and said, “This is serious.” Then addressing the teacher said, “I know
Johnny gets into a lot of trouble, but I’ve never known him to be
destructive. If he says he didn’t do it,
then I don’t think he did it!” The
teacher let out a cry of exasperation, causing the deacon chairman, who was
walking by, to run into the room.
Talking loudly and rapidly, the teacher told what had happened—including
the pastor’s response. The deacon said,
“Let’s not cause problems in the church.
We can take up some money and pay to repair those walls.” Hopefully, we know our Bible better than that! We can know the story, however, and miss the
spiritual implications for believers today.
God intends for us to shout the victory! Jericho
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…. (
Their faith that prompted their obedience—when the strategy made no logical sense—brought the walls down (
1 John 5:4). They shouted the victory first, and then
experienced it! Man says, “I’ll believe
it when I see it!” God says, “You’ll see
it when you believe it!” If we would see
ourselves as God sees us—overcomers, more than conquerors, triumphant (all
Biblical descriptions of the people of God)—then we would behave as we believe! You do not have to wait to reach heaven to
shout the victory!