Marching orders…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Joshua 6:1-10

 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in.

 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor.

 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.

 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”

 So 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.”

 And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.”

 And just as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the LORD went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the LORD following them.

 The armed men were walking before the priests who were blowing the trumpets, and the rear guard was walking after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually.

 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.”


The people of Israel heard the Word of the Lord and they obeyed. They heard it in detail. What stands out is not being permitted to shout. It would have been hard to be involved in all this excitement and then be told not to shout. There are times we are not permitted to shout, for the work is not ours it is the Lord’s. We shout out of exuberance and sense of pride and accomplishment. They were going to see the Lord fight their battle before them; then they would be released to engage. Self-control and obedience in submission to God is required of us.

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2 thoughts on “Marching orders…

  1. I have never thought about them, “not being able to shout!” What a wonderful observance. You are so right, there is a time God wants us to just “shut-up.!” (My words not yours) You know sometimes if we would heed that, life would be so much more simpler. I was thinking the other day how much peace I lose because of my mouth! Good post to remind me. Self-control. God Bless, SR

  2. I think you wrote about being silent and hearing from God. Be still and know that I am God.. I sense that you have experience with this type of knowing. It is an indicator of our spiritual growth. God bless you, SR.

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