March 19, 2012

78 - The walls of Jericho fall down.

Kathleen's thoughts

Psalm 114; 1-8

Joshua 4: 19-24
The 12 stones taken from the Jordan is set up as a memorial in Gilgal. Then the Lord said to Joshua I have rolled away the disgrace of Egypt from you Therefore, that place has been called Gilgal to this day.

Joshua 5: 10-12 the Israelites camped here on the plains of Jericho. They celebrated the passover and it is here where they ate roasted grain from their produce of their land and the day after this the manna stopped.

Joshua 5-6 is where the Lord spoke to Joshua in order to take Jericho he is to take the ark with 7 priests and to walk around the walls of Jericho each day for 6 of them and then on the 7th day to walk around 7 times with the priests and their trumpets and on the 7th round when the trumpets sound to all shout and the walls of Jericho will fall and this they did and conquered Jericho but Rahab the prostitute and everyone with her in her house lived as promised by the Israelite spies. God also gave instructions after they had gotten Rahab out and her family to burn down Jericho and everything in it but they must put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord's house.

And guess what? There were some disobedient Israelites and took some of these things to themselves and so when they went to fight at At tragedy struck and 36 of them were killed and they retreated and Joshua came before the Lord falling down and questioning God and then God told him why and he had to flush the people out who had done this terrible thing to themselves and orders were to burn and everything he has, because he has violated the Lord's covenant and committed an outrage in Israel!

When I read about the trumpets been blown by the priests it reminded me of the early years of our young men going to war and they sent a bugle boy out in front of them. I found this interesting read
Musicians, who could be any age, were primarily boys. Most musicians were drummer boys or bugle boys. “The beat of the drum was one of the most important means of communicating orders to soldiers in the Civil War…they were with the troops in the field, not just marching to the site of the battle but in the middle of the fighting. It was the drumbeat that told the soldiers how and when to maneuver as smoke poured over the battlefield. And the sight of a drummer boy showed soldiers where their unit was located, helping to keep them close together” ( The Boy’s War pg. 40). Bugle boys, photographed less often than drummers, had a job that was of the same purpose.


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