"By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days." - Heb. xii. 30.
Never, in the annals of mankind, in the history of all wars, is there a
parallel instance to be found, of exploits like what the Holy Ghost
hath recorded here, of faith. The walls of a city actually fell down at
the blasting of rams' horns; and yet not from the blasting of horns,
but from faith in the almighty power of Goal. My soul! let thy
meditation, this evening, be directed to the subject, to see whether it
will or not, under divine teaching, give strength to the exercise's of
thy faith? We find, in the relation given of this memorable siege, that
no ramparts were thrown up, no mounds raised, nothing of any human
attempt made, either to sap the foundations, or to harass the enemy.
The simple process adopted to intimate to the besieged the appearance
of war, was an army marching round the walls, once every day, for seven
days together. I have often thought how the despisers of God and his
army, in the city of Jericho, ridiculed the Israelites in their daily
exercise. And what an apt resemblance were they of the despisers, in
the present day, of God and his Christ! But what an effect must have
been induced, when on the seventh day, and after seven times marching
round (perhaps in honour of the Sabbath) at the shout of Joshua and his
army, the whole of the walls fell flat to the ground! My soul! such,
but in an infinitely higher degree, will be the consternation of all
the enemies of Jesus, when "he shall come to be glorified in his
saints, and admired in all that believe!" Do not overlook the testimony
the Holy Ghost hath given to this memorable event, that it was wrought"
by faith!" And what cannot faith in Jesus accomplish? Hadst thou been
present at this siege, and beheld the stupendous event, when, at the
command of Joshua, the Israelites shouted, and the walls fell, thou
wouldest have seen a sight not more wonderful and supernatural, than
when, at the command of our new testament Joshua, the Lord Jesus
Christ, the weapons of sin fall out of the hands of the sinner, and the
strong holds of Satan give way in the heart, to the victorious grace of
the Spirit. Lord! I would say, in the review of this subject, increase
my faith, and make my soul strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus!