When I was younger, my family would occasionally put a box under the Christmas tree that was the first box in a gift search. The recipient would open Box 1 and find a note with instructions to Box 2 which had a note with instructions to Box 3… until the instructions led to the real gift. All the recipient had to do to get the gift was obey the instructions.

The battle of Jericho was like that in a way. That battle was a gift to the Hebrew people and a gift to Joshua, their leader at the time. They were given specific instructions to follow with the promise that the victory would be handed to them. All they had to do was obey.

They didn’t have a tank to protect them in the battle. They had God. The sheltering presence of God was part of the gift.

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