Israel's Conquest Matthew Clifton-Brown
Jericho's walls fell down through Israel's corporate faith that enabled them to do exactly what God told them to, and so God brought the walls down. As a church we must also have corporate faith that enables us to obey God.
Walls of Jericho
Hebrews 11:30 "by faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days." Also Joshua 6
This act of faith is unlike the other one’s in Hebrews 11, on the part of the whole community, not just one person. God calls us to have corporate faith as well as personal faith; their unity and common purpose, without complaining demonstrated their faith.
Jericho was unlike the other cities they conquered, it was the first, but also something God won for them...totally by grace. There was no work on their behalf except walking around the walls once a day for 6 days and then 7 times on the final day, similar to walking around Murrayfield stadium.
It was a one-off action by God. God often asks us to do quite strange things, that don’t make any sense in and of themselves. Don’t get distracted by the methods God uses; he turned water into wine, made the sun go backwards, and walked on water. Focus on Him, not his methods.
It wasn’t that ‘their great faith’ brought down the walls, It was God who brought down the walls...they showed faith by doing exactly what God through Joshua told them to do.
- Talk about some of the ‘walls’ that you need bringing down in your life and in this city.
- Do you have any stories that you can share with the group that demonstrate some rather bizarre ways that God has shown he is with you?
- Sadly some Christians get stuck on trying to reproduce the past methods of how God acted, rather than looking for how He wants to show himself today. Talk about this and how we can be expectant for new demonstrations of his power today.
- As a part of the church, how can we serve the common vision of King’s?