Synopsis of Bible Study 2/22/17
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
We see in this lesson, God transferring the mantle. It is very important us to notice God confirming the leadership of Joshua. The Children of Israel would be led by Joshua from here on out.
- They come to a place called Gilgal. The name Gilgal means wheel or rolling. It is believed to have derived from the circle it formed from stones around it.
- We are able to understand that Gilgal was a place of rest and preparation.
- In Gilgal, the Israelites complete the steps to get right with God, before going into the Promised Land. Now they would -be people viewed as covenant people which held strict adherence to the word of God.
- Joshua 1:3 (NKJV) says 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. – In other words, God was saying that the Children of Israel were going to a place where God show them. In doing this, God shows them how he moves them into a place or mindset.
- What we discover about the enemies of the Children of Israel is: Joshua 5:1 (NKJV) says 5 So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we[a] had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel. – In other words, everywhere the Children of Israel went, the enemies feared their arrival, because they had a reputation of God fighting their battles for them. When you walk knowing God will fight for you, you walk with a different kind of confidence.
- Joshua 1:2 (NKJV) says 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.
- They used a flint knife to circumcise the children again. Joshua 5:4-5 (NKJV) says 4 And this isthe reason why Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way, after they had come out of Egypt. 5 For all the people who came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness, on the way as they came out of Egypt, had not been circumcised. – All the men of war had died on the way from Egypt to the Promised Land. We are now dealing with two or three generations after coming out of Egypt. All those that came out of Egypt’s captivity died, before going to the promise.
II. The time of preparation.
- Joshua 5:6-9 (NKJV) 6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord—to whom the Lord swore that He would not show them the land which the Lord had sworn to their fathers that He would give us, “a land flowing with milk and honey.”[a]7 Then Joshua circumcised their sons whomHe raised up in their place; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.8 So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed. 9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal[b] to this day.-They did not obey the voice of the Lord. Circumcision was a covenant. This generation hasn’t been circumcised. God had to take away the sociological stigma and the mental block, before he could proceed to bringing them to the Promised Land.
- Gilgal means to roll away. The trauma of slavery doesn’t just affect those in slavery. It affects people 2 or 3 generations later. A lot of the complaining the Children of Isreal did was a result of the forefathers slavery.When people look at the Children of Israel, they say, those are the ones that was once saved.
- God rolled away the approach. He is preparing them mentally, spiritually, and socially for what they are about to encounter.
- Immediately, they began to have Passover. The Passover was a time of feast. The Passover always represented a particular kick-off.
- Joshua 5:10-12 (NKJV) 10 Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho. 11 And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day. 12 Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year. – They had a party. Passover was a celebration. They were now on the verge of going to The Promise and the Passover was a celebration that they were almost there. You have to celebrate over what God has promised you.
- They ate grain and fruit from the ground. God has their mind right and their spirit right at this point. The Children of Israel is almost there and what they are used to is manna falling from the sky. From now on, they will eat from what is produced from the land.
- They ate produce of the land. Joshua 5:12 (NKJV) 12 Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year. – After the celebration (the Passover), they started eating fruit from the ground. They were close to where they are about to be God is shifting their appetite. They are used to manna falling from heaven. In the wilderness, you ate what came from the sky. God however had promised them occupation. Now you going to eat what comes from the earth.
- God is preparing their palate for what is around the corner. He doesn’t want them to be in shock. Ex – You been eating Taco Bell all your life. God will give you an experience in Taco Bell, so you won’t go into shock when you go to the 5-star restaurant. God is giving you a preview, so that you can get used to what is coming. When you get into the Promised Land, there will be no more blessings coming out of sky. The ground will be so fertile; you will reap from it.
III. The destruction of Jericho
- Joshua has an encounter. In Joshua 5:13-15 (NKJV) 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “AreYou for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is” And Joshua did so. – Joshua has an experience with an angel. God is trying to get you to take off your shoes, because He is reminding us that he will take over from here. In this space, it is not ground for complaining or griping; this is Holy Ground! God doesn’t need your help for this one!
- Joshua moves in the space of Jericho. Joshua 6:1 (NKJV) 6 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. – The city is shut up, because the harvest has come in. They are not worrying about anything. The city of Jericho thought they were big-stuff and they thought the children of Israel was too small to conquer them. They had sealed their walls around the city and didn’t think anyone could get in.
- Joshua 6:2-5 (NKJV) says 2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, andthe mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”- God gives these instructions. They were told to march around the city for 7 days and on the 7th day, they would shout, and the walls of Jericho would fall down.
- Joshua relayed the instructions to his people. Joshua tells them that when they would go in and take the land (after the walls had fallen), they were to watch for a red rag hanging out of a window. He gave instructions not to bother that household nor the people in it.
- If you will remember Rahab, she was the prostitute that helped the spies that were sent in on behalf of the Children of Israel to spy on the land. She hid the spies by hiding them in her house. As a result, they promised that when it was time for them to take over the land, they would not harm her or her family. It was agreed that she would hang a red tow in the window so that the men of war would pass over that house when they would go in and take the land, just like the blood over the door post at Passover.
- Rahab as you know, helped the spies. Salmon in the genealogy of Mathew was Rehab’s husband. Matthew 1:5-6 (NKJV) 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king.
- More instructions: When they went into to the camp, there were things they were to do. Joshua 6:16-19 (NKJV) 16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who arein it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”- Joshua told them by all means abstain from the accursed things. They were instructed not to take the gold silver and bronze. It belonged to God and therefore, was supposed to go to the Lord’s treasury. If anyone was to take any of Jericho’s treasures for themselves, it would bring a curse upon them and upon their camp. Anytime you take what God consecrated for himself and place it inside your house, you cause curse to come into your house. Sort of reminds you of the tithe principle.
- Why was it so significant not to take the gold and silver and instead put it into God’s treasury? Remember when the Children of Israel came out of Egypt, they left with lots of riches, but instead of putting it to good use, they made a golden calf to worship. If they had given it to God, they would have forever had all they needed. They no longer needed treasures, though, because their blessings would from now on, come out of the ground.
- If you have nothing but a preacher and choir, you have all you need to defeat Jericho. In Joshua 6:2-5 (NKJV) 2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, andthe mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”– God says the first thing he wanted the children of Israel to do was stare the city down. God wanted them to take a good look at what he was about to give them.
- Marching around the city. The city of Jericho was 9 miles in diameter, so to march around the city one time their Sunday School or beginning step of faith. And we have to recognize that when we are walking for God, it is not a casual and nonchalant walk. When you are walking for God, this is a brisk walk. Ex – A test was done to simulate what the Children of Israel must have been going through during the walk around the sitting. How long would it take to walk this city of 9 miles. The test that was done set a brisk walk at 3.5 speed. Each time around the city would be around 2.5 miles and the test revealed that it took a great deal of time to make one lap around the city. After 6 days, you would be exhausted. It would be hard to stay on course. On the 7th day, we would have to finally give it to God, because we couldn’t handle it.
- It takes 17hrs to walk this 6-day journey out (at the speed of 3.5). On the 7th time, the Children of Israel would be beat, but they had to walk continue walking and then shout at the end of the 7th time around.
- You think the wall fell when they shouted. The revelation is when they walked around the wall, they walked with calibration. They were walking in cadence. One person, not in synch, can blow the whole thing! They walked in agreement. It this began seismic activity against the ground. In other words, as they walked, the wall started to crumble. The wall started to crumble, because they were in agreement.
- They had to have agreement for the shout to work. We have to be together. When we come together and shout, that’s when walls will fall in your life! How bad do you need it? You need to learn how to shout!
- It took them walking almost all day, every day, to complete the task, but it took 17hrs to complete 6 days. We need your agreement! This this is our 17th year! The wall is going to fall this year! This is the year of now! Walls of debt and sickness is going to fall! Wall. Every wall in your life is going to fall!
- You are so close to seeing the mighty hand of God! You going to say, I saw it coming, because you set the stage in my life. This is going to be a Passover Praise!