The merciful God also sent the commander of His Army to Joshua. When Joshua was by Jericho. While pondering how to conquer Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. As He did to Moses, God poured His spirit on Joshua to be full of God’s spirit and courage.
Again, Joshua was different. Joshua pleased God. In faith, Joshua stood firm and tall. Joshua boldly said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.” And he said to the people of Israel, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.” The new generation of the Israelites heard this command through their faith and believed. Yes, the faith of the new generation of Israelites was also great and firm. There was no question. They were obedient to the seemly nonsense God’s command. This was the faith that God really wanted, which truly pleased God.
On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. The people of Jericho saw a difference, but there was no sign of threat. The Israelites were still outside of the strong and fortified wall.
So the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Then they devoted all in the city to destruction. The Israelites conquered the first city that they encountered as they entered in the Promised Land. It was a victory of their faith. They believed, and saw the God’s hand over the impossibility of conquering Jericho, which made the first generation in fear. In fact, which one did they believe? God and His promise, or what they saw and fear? The first generation did not believe, and they perished.