April 6 – Jesse Tree – Joshua

Read Joshua 1:1-116:1-16,20-21a

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous…do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

God works in mysterious ways and this is one of those times.   Can you imagine what was going through the minds of the Hebrews when they first heard what the plan was for them to take down the walls of Jericho.  “We are supposed to do ….What?”

How about the conversations from inside the walls of the city?

Day 1….”Here they come…Get ready… What are they doing?… There they go! …What was that all about?”

Day 2 … “Here they come again….  Hey, George, you have gotta’ see this… There they go again…What is up with these crazy people?”

What about the conversations around the dinner table at night….”You wouldn’t believe what happened today!”

Day 3,4,5,6 the crowds would be getting bigger and bigger on the walls as their curiosity must have been getting the better of them.  Then, on that final day, there might have been everyone from the whole city standing on that wall.  Maybe they were even shouting down jeers and insults.

But the Hebrews, with the ark in front of them, did as they were commanded .  They marched around the city again and again in silence until they were told to shout!  Once again, God showed His people that He was with them and, with Him, all things, even ones that seem totally impossible, are possible.

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