Have you ever had God told you to do something that you thought was strange? I will never forget a story I was told of a woman who was riding the bus and God told her to go into a specific store, go to the back and stand on her head. After doubting having heard from God and quite unwilling to do something so weird, she eventually did it. As soon as she stood on her head a shop assistant burst into tears and told her that he was suicidal. He told God he was going to kill himself that day unless God proved He existed by making someone stand on their head!
The story of Jericho is fascinating to me and when I was younger had always wondered why He chose the method of marching around the walls to bring them down. In my young mind if I found some of His ways odd or unexplainable, I now see them as beautiful; ways that spring out of magnificent thoughts that are way above our own.
The Israelites were told to march around the city 13 times – once, for 6 days and then seven times on the seventh day. Isn’t it interesting that six represents man and how we are incomplete without God? We will never be able to do anything in our own strength. They would never have won that war without Him.
Seven is the number of spiritual perfection and completion – only God could have brought them through to completion. This perfect win would not have been possible if they had not obeyed!
Thirteen represents apostasy, depravity and rebellion –does it not paint a wonderful picture of thousands of obedient feet stomping down and breaking up that rebellion under our Seismologist’s watchful eye?
Thankfully the Israelites obeyed and carried out God’s commands exactly – little did they know that the site of the ancient city of Jericho sits directly on top of a very large fault associated with the Jordan Rift Valley!