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Tuesday, May 21 2019
A Bible Journey, 193: The Fall Of The Walls Of The City Of Palm Trees
"The plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees ... the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat"
The most-ancient city of Jericho was located about 8 kilometers / 5 miles west of the Jordan River. With a surprisingly-low elevation of 800 feet / 240 meters below sea level, Jericho was a city with intense heat in the summer. Nevertheless, it had many date-palm trees, which contributed to its also being known as the City of Palms (Deuteronomy 34:3).
Jericho was the first Canaanite stronghold to fall to the Israelites (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Canaanites?). The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) instructed Joshua how the city was to be taken.
"6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
Joshua then commanded the Levites (see A Bible Journey, 121: The Three Branches Of Levi) to "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD." They did so for six days.
"6:6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD. 6:7 And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.
The Israelite army had been given its "rules of engagement" by the LORD before they crossed the Jordan River (see Articles Of War). Jericho fell to the Israelites on the seventh day of the siege.
"6:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.
Rahab and "and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had" were spared, according to the agreement made with her by the scouts (see A Bible Journey, 189: The House Of Rahab).
"6:22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.
Jericho was completely destroyed. It was to remain so: "Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it."
"6:24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
Jericho remained a ruin for over 400 years, before being rebuilt by Hiel of Bethel in the time of King Ahab (see Ahab Of Israel). What price did he pay for ignoring the warning made by Joshua?
"16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun." (1 Kings 16:34 KJV)
Fact Finder: Did Rahab have faith? Did the walls of Jericho fall by faith?
This Day In History, May 21
293: Roman Emperors Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Diocletian began to reign as a Tetrarchy, meaning "four rulers."
Tiberius (the photo shows a statue of him that was done in his own time; see also The Roman Emperors: Tiberius) was the Caesar at the time of the Crucifixion of the Messiah.
The Roman emperors of the New Testament era:
Julius Caesar (see The Roman Republic)
878: Syracuse, Italy, was captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
996: Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) by Pope Gregory V. Gregory's actual name was Bruno of Carinthia.
He was the first German pope and a cousin of Otto (see Emperors and Popes and The Struggle For The Papacy; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1471: King Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London during the Wars of the Roses. Edward IV took the throne.
1502: Portuguese explorer Joao da Nova discovered the island later known as Saint Helena.
1536: The General Assembly of Geneva, Switzerland officially embraced Protestantism by accepting the "evangelical faith" of the Swiss reformers.
1554: Queen Mary I granted a royal charter to Derby School to be established as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.
1809: The Battle of Aspern-Essling, Napoleon Bonaparte's first serious personal defeat, fought between a French and allied army of 73,000 men, and 115,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles around the towns of Aspern and Essling near Vienna. Austrian loses were 23,400 men, French losses over 23,000.
1856: The town of Lawrence, Kansas was burned by pro-slavery forces.
1894: England's Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened by Queen Victoria.
1939: The Canadian National War Memorial was unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the mother of Queen Elizabeth II) in Ottawa. Canada immediately joined with Britain in the war against Adolf Hitler a few months later (Canada had 1 million men and women in the military during the war and 3 aircraft carriers from that era, one of which is shown below), at the start of the Second World War in September 1939 (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars and The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier).
1940: British tank forces attacked German General Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.
1946: Nuclear weapons physicist Louis Slotin was fatally irradiated during an experiment with the "Demon core" (a 14 pound mass of plutonium that was detonated in an experimental atomic explosion a few weeks later) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1956: The U.S. exploded the first airborne weapon of mass destruction with a hydrogen bomb over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1960: 5,700 people were killed in southern Chile by the by one of the strongest earthquakes on record: magnitude 9.5
1982: During the Falklands War, a British amphibious assault led to the Battle of San Carlos.
1991: Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers while campaigning in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu.
2001: France (by means of the "Taubira law") officially declared the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.
2003: An earthquake in northern Algeria killed over 2,000 people.