What’s Impossible with God?

Joshua 6:11-20

Synopsis     Joshua 6:11-20     4/17/2018

Joshua executed the plan that the Lord had laid out concerning the siege of Jericho. He also declared everything in the city of Jericho to be “under the ban”. This meant nothing from the city could be kept as personal loot by the warriors and none of the people, except Rahab and her family, were to be left alive. It also meant that all silver, gold and bronze items were to be given to the treasury.

As the Israelites completed the seventh lap, the priests’ horns blew and all the warriors shouted . The walls of Jericho fell down and the city was attacked and destroyed.

What’s Impossible with God?

The Israelites learned that nothing is impossible with God. They were further encouraged to trust God absolutely because of this extraordinary victory.

As a result of Jericho, the peoples who occupied the Promised Land came to realize that no system of defense could protect them against the power of God. If they chose to remain in the land, they would remain vulnerable to the power of God as it was discharged through His chosen people.

Power and Righteousness

Jericho: It’s a great story of triumph. It might even make a great super-hero movie.  But what does any of this have to do with my life today?

The power of God is perfected through me when I have the freedom to agree with Him.

The problem for me is that I think I’m already free – and I’m pretty sure I’m usually right.  It’s insidious and dangerous; I’m subconsciously praying, “my will be done” – not “Thy will be done”. I don’t even realize that I’m doing it. In my natural human tendency I want to use power for my own purposes. In arrogance, I’m even willing to ask God to show force in order to accomplish my will. I can be so unjustifiably confident I understand and value things rightly – I frighten myself.

The disciples once asked Jesus if they should destroy a Samaritan village with fire in reprisal for refusing to allow Jesus to spend the night – because he was a Jew.

Jesus rebuked them.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2Cor 12:9

April 17, 2018

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