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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.

6:2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. 6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 6:5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him." (Joshua 6:1-5 KJV)

Approaching Jericho

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.

6:8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. 6:9 And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 6:10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout. 6:11 So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

6:12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. 6:13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 6:14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days." (Joshua 6:6-14 KJV)

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.

Palm

"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.

6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city. 6:17 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 in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 6:18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword." (Joshua 6:15-21 KJV)

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.

6:23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel." (Joshua 6:22-23 KJV)

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.

6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

6:26 And 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.

6:27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country." (Joshua 6:24-27 KJV)

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?
Hebrews 11:30-31 and see Lessons Of Perseverance And Faith


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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.

Tiberius

The Roman emperors of the New Testament era:

Julius Caesar (see The Roman Republic)
Augustus (ruled 27 BC to 14 AD)
Tiberius (ruled 14 to 37 AD)
Caligula (ruled 37 to 41 AD)
Claudius (ruled 41 to 54 AD)
Nero (ruled 54 to 68 AD)
Galba (ruled 68 to 69 AD)
Otho (ruled 69 AD)
Vitellius (ruled 69 AD)
Vespasian (ruled 69 to 79 AD)
Titus (ruled 79 to 81 AD)
Domitian (ruled 81 to 96 AD)

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.

Tiberius

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).

Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

HMCS Bonaventure

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.

India

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.





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