This week we studied Joshua chapter 5:13 – 9. Alot of battles were fought. The battle of Jericho – Joshua 5:13-6 and Battle of Ai chapter 7 and 8. In relation to our current lives, what battles are you fighting today and what strategy have you put together to fight the battles that you fight.
The Battle of Jericho -Joshua 5:13 – 6
The commander in chief of the army of the Lord was a super natural being. Some scholars believe that it was Jesus Christ. Long before his 1st coming we were expecting that he would be on Joshua’s side. Many times we always assume that God is on the side of the good guys. However, God is not on anyone’s side. We need to learn how to be on God’s side.
God delivered Jericho to the Israelites. For the promise to be fulfilled, Joshua had to face a battle. Even now Jesus Christ already won the battle for us but we still have to fight the day to day spiritual battles. Our encouragement is that it is a done deal Jesus already won the battle on the cross and we are victors. While on earth we will still battle sin. The battle was not a physical. It did not make sense. The war was not easy on either side, for the Israelites, they had to be patient, go round the city of Jericho once for 6 days and 7 times on the 7th day. The people of Jericho also probably saw the Israelites going round as a joke.
Walking in faith requires obedience and patience
God doesnt fight battles the way we do. Obedience and patience was key for the Israelites to win the battle. In the same way we need to understand that God does not fight our spiritual battles the way we would expect him to. Key is to trust in God even if we do not understand what is happening.
The battle of Ai – Joshua 7 and 8
The battle of Ai was an interesting one. The Israelites we very confident about winning it. However they lost. They lost because of disobedience and not following instructions.
Sin always has a ripple effect.
Sin is rebellion against God. The effects of Ai battle were so far reaching. We normally struggle with this side of God, especially when a righteous person is suffering. However we need to remember that God is holy. Sin corrupts, destroys and ultimately results in spiritual death. When someone dies spiritually, they have no fellowship with God.
Just like God protected Israelites from the sin of Canaanites so has he protected us by giving us his son Jesus Christ. We may take sin lightly, we should remembr that it has a ripple effect. Sin rarely remains in one position.
Back here, a movie that was previously banned, called Rafiki was allowed to show for one week after a court order. It was banned for promoting lesbianism. I havent had the opportunity to watch it. Sin is sin and there is not grey area. We need to realise that the effect of sin will be felt by our children and their children’s children.
Romans 1:18 – The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…..
Spiritual Battles require an alert and prayerful dependance on God.
We must learn never to be dependant on what we see. We must not be dependant on flattery from others, past victories. We cannot win the battle alone. Only Christ can win the battle for us. To have a prayerful dependance on God and take it to heart. As Proverbs 3:5 puts it Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding