They Have to Come Down

Series: Ridiculous Faith


Aim:  At the conclusion of this lesson, students will know that no wall (barrier) can stand and block their ministry, their blessing that God has given to them.  That “ridiculous” faith can bring down and remove any wall/barrier that tries to hinder them!

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, “Are You 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 holy.” And Joshua did so.

I. Surprise Person

  1. God does not send us into impossible situations without Him there to make the impossible possible.

Joshua 1:5, 9 (NKJV)5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 6:1 (NKJV) – Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.

II.            Stout Protection

  1. Town was surrounded by a substantial stone wall.
  2. Two thirty-foot-high walls, that ran nearly parallel, circled the city.
  3. The inner wall is from eleven to twelve feet thick and is constructed on the foundation of an earlier wall.
  4. The other wall is about six feet thick and stands on the edge of the mound.
  5. A massive stone watchtower 30 feet high and 28 feet in diameter was top of the wall for look out.

Joshua 6:2-5 (NKJV)

2     And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the 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.”

III. Strategic Plan

See the victory before you receive the victory!

Six days march around wall one time.

Seventh day march around wall seven times

Seven priests with seven trumpets of rams’ horns blow the trumpet with a long blast on the seventh day.

Seven indicates completion

Joshua 6:6-9 (NKJV)

6     Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.”

7     And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord.”

8     So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.

9     The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.

Marching Around Jericho

IV. Strange Parade

Soldiers first

Seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns

Priest carrying the ark of the Lord

Purpose of ark symbolic of the physical presence of God in their midst.

Rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets

Joshua 6:10 (NKJV) – Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.”

V. Silent People

  1. No talking – just walking

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 (GB) – 1 To all things there is an appointed time, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. . . 7 . . . a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

Point to Ponder: Can you remember a time that you spoke up when you should have been silent?  Or you were silent and you should have spoken?

  • The Battle is not yours it’s the Lord’s!

2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV) – He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’”

Joshua 6:20 (NIV) – When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

VI. Shouting People!

  1. There were at least five ways to conquer a walled city in that day and time:
  2. by  scaling   the wall using ladders or ramps,
  3. by  digging  tunnels underneath the walls by using battering rams to break open the city gates
  4.  by    smash    a       hole    in the walls of the city,
  5. by    laying     siege to the city until the people were starved into surrender, and
  6. by using some means of  deception  such as a truce or ambush
  • God uses nothing of the sort – he wanted them to:

                           Walk (Action     )                              Wait (Attitude   )

           Silence (Attitude   )                          Shout (Action   )     

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  • In the fullness of time – the battle was won.        
  • Joy was expressed before victory was seen

Progress in the Journey. . .

What is your “Jericho?”

  • A person you can’t find the strength to forgive?
    • A situation that has you completed overwhelmed?
    • A problem that seems to resurface over and over again?
    • A habit you can’t break?


  1. With Jesus you are in a position of victory
  2. Victory flows out of your obedience
  3. Wait for God’s timing not your own
  4. Be confident and quiet
  5. Faith enables us to gain the victory

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                     Ask God to strengthen your back to bring down your Jericho and help you remain faithful to that task.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Be prepared to assist others in bringing down their Jericho by any spiritual and literal means necessary.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:            Share with others how Christ conquered the Jericho of sin for us to live victoriously through Him.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:            Removal ofbarriers and strengthening ministries takes consistency in giving; remain faithful to that task.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:            Don’t get weary in well-doing; ask the Savior to help you to endure to the end for His glory.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: God, Where are You?

SERIES:          A Conversation with God

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  Habakkuk; Habakkuk 1:1-11; Psalm 13:1-3; Psalm 6:1-3; Psalm 35:17; Psalm 79:5; Psalm 94:3; Revelation 6:10-11; Jeremiah 29:11; Hebrews 2:1; Hebrews 3:15; Deuteronomy 28:49; Job 12:23; 2 Kings 24:14

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