Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NIPTO, Day 226

Hey all,
Don't really have time for an update of my day but it went: School, in car driving, lunch/Chuck, school, Urban Vision, home, Dance, this.

I'll post more about everything tomorrow when I have more time. Just know that I had a good day =D

Joshua 5:13-6:27
13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"
 14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"
15 The commander of the LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.

Josh was near Jericho. He looks up and sees this guy with a sword drawn in his hand. Joshua asks him whose side he's on. The person tells him neither. But he tells him that he's the commander of the Lord's army. When Joshua heard that, he fell on his face and asked what the Lord had to say to him.
The angel replied that he should take off his sandals because where he was standing was holy. So Joshua did what he said.

Joshua 6

 1 Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
2 Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in."

Okay. Soooooo Jericho is sealed up because the Israelites are camped out outside the city. No one went in or out. Sounds... strict. Hah. And God tells Joshua that he's delivered it into their hands... But I'm guessing Joshua thought God was a little crazy.
Now, there's a basic pattern: God tells Joshua what to do. Joshua tells the priests/people what to do. They do it. Not that hard to follow.
So God tells Joshua to tell the priests to walk around the city once every day for six days, carrying the ark and horns and a bunch o' stuff. Then on the seventh day, walk around the city seven times. 

 6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it." 7 And he ordered the people, "Advance! March around the city, with the armed guard going ahead of the ark of the LORD."
8 When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the LORD went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the LORD's covenant followed them. 9 The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But Joshua had commanded the people, "Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!" 11 So he had the ark of the LORD carried around the city, circling it once. Then the people returned to camp and spent the night there.

So Joshua tells them what to do and they do it. They walk around the city. They're carrying the ark. They're blowing their trumpets. BUT no one is making a war cry. Because that can't happen until Joshua says it happens. So they walked around the city and came back to camp and slept.

12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

They do the same thing for six days. Walk around the city blowing trumpets once. Go back to camp. Rinse and repeat. (pete and repete were sitting on a bridge... =P)

 15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.

On the seventh day, they got up early and did what they did before... just seven times. They walked around the city seven times. That's a lot. I don't know how big Jericho is, but it was probably pretty big!

16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For the LORD has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury."

As they're walking around the city the seventh time, Joshua told the people to SHOUT because God had given them the city. 
Everyone in the city was going to be killed. Except for Rahab because of her act of kindness. 
Joshua warned them to stay away from the 'stuff' and to not take anything. If someone took something, they made the camp of Israel in danger of destruction. All the silver and gold was to be given to the LORD to be put into the treasury.

 20 When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

The trumpets sounded and the people shouted. The wall collapsed. They took the city. They devoted it to God. They killed every single living thing.

 22 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, "Go into the prostitute's house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her." 23 So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.
 24 Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the LORD's house. 25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

Joshua told the two men that Rahab had hidden to go in the city and to bring Rahab and her family out of the city. So they did that. Then they burned the city and everything in it except for the silver and gold, which was given to God.
Joshua spared Rahab and her family because she had hidden them. She lived as an Israelite until she died, I imagine.

 26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: "Cursed before the LORD is the man who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:
       "At the cost of his firstborn son
       will he lay its foundations;
       at the cost of his youngest
       will he set up its gates."

 27 So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.

Joshua cursed Jericho, saying that whoever rebuilt it would lose his first and last sons to build it. (AKA it's not worth it!)

God was with Joshua and Joshua became famous.

The end. Now I sleep. Tomorrow: Spanish. If you see this before (or after! heh.) 9 or 10, could you pray that I do well on my spanish test? I'm kinda nervous about it... =/
Now I'm going to go to bed. And pray. Because praying is goood. :D
G'night all!

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