Friday, March 19, 2010
Circling the City
Jos 6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
40,000 armed men went about to circle the city of Jericho. A little math now...
If these men went 7 abreast with 3 foot intervals before and behind, allowing for a 3foot stride, this line would extend 34,250 feet. That's 6 and ½ miles in length! I have compassed the ancient city of Jericho and I doubt it was even 2 miles in circumference. That means that they could have went in ranks of 20 abreast and by the time the first rank made their circuit, the last rank would just be starting!
Is it any wonder why the hearts of the men of Jericho melted? Does this help us to understand how 7 circuits on the 7 day, accompanied by a shout, plus a little divine nudge, could cause the walls to fall down flat?
It makes me wonder what might happen if all of God's people were to get on the same page, head the same direction and have the same purpose.
There is something to be said for the power of unity.