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Can we shut up?

September 24, 2009

Could we keep quiet? I was reading Joshua 6 recently and I really thought about what God told the people of Israel to do as they circled the city of Jericho. On the seventh day after marching around the city seven times make a trumpet blast and have everyone shout.

In verse 10 it says, “But Joshua had commanded the people, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!”

I was thinking would we listen today? Would we wait. Would we think it was ridiculous to wait until the seventh day? Would we think it silly that we couldn’t just do it on day one and be done with it? I mean God was going to deliver the city into their hands anyway, why not just get it over with? Would we argue with Joshua? Tell him he probably didn’t hear from God. Doesn’t sound like something God would have us do?

Would we respect the leadership of Joshua enough to comply?

If God asked your church what would they do? I’m not sure we would make it today. Not sure wall would ever come down. Not sure we would even recognize what we did. No, I’m thinking we would sit around talking about how weak God was, couldn’t even get a wall down.

I think we would spend most of our time talking.

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