Reflection. Crossing the Jordan , by Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.


In Chapter IV book of Joshua recounts one of the most important milestones in the history of Israel 's entry into Canaan.

The Lord parted the Jordan River and the people step in dry semi-desert region of Moab (modern Jordan ) to the territory now known as Palestine . There are many points that can be drawn from this event: The change of territory was associated with a different status , from now Israel eat what occurred, God does not send you the manna every day , say as a people was leaving being a " foster child " to grow " a young nation" be able to take responsibility based on faith , fidelity to God, the work and effort in unity.

God was giving them samples of his power and favor: He opened the Jordan and then gave them a strategy to take the city of Jericho.

While the Israelites had their wars in the past: against the Midianites (Num 31) against Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan ( in Transjordan Jericho , Deuteronomy 2 and 3 respectively ) . Israel did not have " professional army " but men between 22 and 50 years were armed and trained for war. Israel had no ability or chance to fight Jericho, whose walls " came to Heaven " :
According to the work of the archaeologist John Garstang ( under the auspices of Palestine Exploration Fund, excavated Tell where the ruins of Jericho from 1930 to 1936 . Garstang 's chief merit consists in having traced the historical evolution of the city. he was the first to want to corroborate the biblical account of the fall of the walls of Jericho with the archaeological evidence .

Indeed, his research focused on the impressive system of fortifications of Jericho , consisting of a stone retaining wall , about five feet high , a brick wall about 2 feet high , built up and strengthened behind by one earthen rampart , and another wall that surrounded the city more . Between the two walls there were indications domestic structures or houses , which were consistent with the description given of the house of Rahab (Joshua 2:15). Such a defense could only be destroyed by an army that had what is now known as " Combat Engineers " , specializing in building ramps , roads, bridges, tunneling to undermine the walls , diversion of courses water to produce floods etc . Israel had nothing of this. But God gave them a strategy : Walking in complete silence once a day around the whole city, for six days. On the seventh day to the city seven times and shout at the last moment together with all the strength and the priests played their instruments (Joshua 6).

From the point of view of the strategy of the war, this is a real nonsense. But from the point of view of faith, a great lesson :

1. When faced with an "impossible " first seek the advice of God , it is He who gives the strategies that never fail.

Two . Although the goal is large and unaffordable , take work to keep him in sight. Give over the matter until God show you the right time when he topple the " walls " so that you can move forward.

Three . In time to be spinning your target , try to keep your mouth closed to any complaint or regret . Preferably declare the Lord's help at the right time.

April . Constantly praise the Lord, knowing that at some point what it is no longer impossible .

According to research by Garstang walls had fallen from the inside out. This was a very remarkable detail , because when they are attacked city walls fall inward, not outward.

It is God who makes us win battles. Do not give up. Persevere in faith and prayer. God bless you and give you victory over impossible.

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