Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
The Commander of the Lord’s armies meets the commander of Israel’s armies and gives him explicit instructions regarding the battle plan for the conquest of Jericho.
The conquest of Jericho will not be fought in a conventional way. It is far too symbolic for that. It will be a GIFT OF GOD’S and we will see why later.
Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I HAVE GIVEN JERICHO INTO YOUR HAND, its king, and the mighty men of valour.
And then came the specific instructions. Please note the Hebrew behind the English.
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
(In Hebrew this is – שִׁבְעָ֨ה שׁוֹפְר֤וֹת הַיּֽוֹבְלִים֙)
(Literally SHEVA SHOFAROT HA YOVELIM. So what is translated into English as ‘seven trumpets of rams horns’ should read ‘seven jubilee (yovel) trumpets’.)
But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets (בַּשֹּֽׁפָר֑וֹת – BA SHOFAROT).
5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long (בִּמְשֹׁ֣ךְ – BIMSOL – prolonged, drawn out) blast with the ram’s horn (בְּקֶ֣רֶן הַיּוֹבֵ֗ל – BE QEREN HA YOVEL – the horn of the Jubilee), and when you hear the sound of the trumpet (הַשּׁוֹפָ֔ר – HA SHOFAR), that all the people shall shout (יָרִ֥יעוּ – YA RUA – ear splitting shout of joy and triumph) with a great shout (תְּרוּעָ֣ה — גְדוֹלָ֑ה – TERUAH-GEDOWLAH – a mighty, great, clamour – acclamation of joy, a battle-cry; especially clangour of trumpets, an alarm, blowing of trumpets, joy, jubilee, loud noise, rejoicing, shouting, high joyful sound); then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
The Hebrew says much more than blowing trumpets. It speaks of the JUBILEE TRUMPETS being blown, but then a very special LONG BLAST. (Sounds very much like on Mount Sinai).
Followed by a mighty ear splitting great trumpet like shout.)
A summary of the explicit instructions of conquest given by the Commander of the Lord’s armies.
1.The men of war march around the city once a day for 6 days.
2. 7 priests shall carry 7 JUBILEE TRUMPETS in front of the ark.
3. On the 7th day, the 7 priests with the 7 trumpets who precede the ark, plus the men of war shall walk around the city 7 times while the priests blow the trumpets.
4. After the 7th time, the priests shall blow a LONG BLAST.
5. On the sounding of this long blast, the people are to SHOUT WITH A GREAT SHOUT.
6. Then the walls of the city shall fall down flat.
7. Then go in.
Before we go to the next post, does this set of instructions for the taking of Jericho sound familiar like to you? See if you can guess what the battle of Jericho really symbolises.
With 6 rotations of the city for 6 days and then 7 rotations on the 7th and a trumpet?
I’ll give a few hints.
One complete Sabbath day = a week or 6 days and then one Sabbath day (7 days in total or one complete Sabbath day).
One complete Sabbath year = 6 years and then one Sabbath year (7 years in total or one complete Sabbath year).
Shavuot (literally ‘weeks’) or Pentecost (literally ‘count fifty’) =7 weeks or 7 complete Sabbath days or 49 days and then a special day (50 days).
Jubilee (Yovel) = 7 complete Sabbath years or 49 years and then a special year (50 years).
Now here’s a few final things to remember before we join Joshua in preparing the people for this unusual battle.
Remember – the Commander of the Lord’s armies is a pre-appearance of Jesus.
The children of Israel are on the cusp of inheriting the promise made by the Lord (a pre appearance of Jesus) to Abram.
They have crossed the Jordan River as a nation of the descendants of Abram.
The men have been circumcised and have celebrated the first Passover in the land.
The manna has stopped and they are now eating the produce of the land.
Jericho is to be their very first conquest
Now why not try a “Great Shout” yourself. A TERUAH-GEDOWLAH. A long, trumpet-like shout that is an ear splitting, militant, joyful, victorious shout.