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Sermon Summary. Obedience to God’s goals: God’s Way or No Way was focused on following God’s direction to achieve God’s purposes in our lives. When we come to Christ, our lives our lives are no longer our own. God has goals and purposes he desires to fulfill. To fulfill his goals, we must do things God’s way-not at our own way. In this Joshua community we see a people who are swiftly obedient to God’s will and to God’s way. He has unusual ways of accomplishing his goals (parting the Jordan, marching around Jericho) but our place is to follow in obedience. Too many times, we see the people of God lead themselves into a wilderness experience by substituting our judgment, our way, or our ideas for God’s ways. We must remember to follow God’s way into all battles and watch as he brings I Jericho walls down
Delivery of Enemies by The Lord (v1-2). A continuing theme in Joshua’s journey (and ours) is the fear that God’s power in our lives places in the heart of the enemy. We see that here again in verses 1 and 2. It is God’s battle and he delivers the enemy.
God’s Directions to Joshua (v3-5). Here, God directs his leader, Joshua, on the steps to win the battle. Joshua has a familiarity with warfare and probably had his own ideas. But God had a specific and unusual plan.
God’s Direction to the People (v6-7). Joshua passes God’s direction to the people and all are involved – God, the leader, the priests, the army and the people. The people appear to be prompt in their response (in contrast to their response under Moses).
The Action – Day 1(v8-11)/The First Day is the Fun Day. The first day of most things is the “fun” day. People are engaged and excited. People fall into line and do as they have been directed (think about weddings, business start ups, CD release parties, first day of school, etc.) That’s what we see here. The people are prepared and ready to follow God’s leading through Joshua.
The Next Days (v12-15) – Continued Obedience . . . don’t break from God’s plan. The first day is easy; there is excitement over the new thing. But can we continue with God’s plan? This community of faith didn’t get anxious and decide to choose their way. God’s way or no way.
The Moment of Truth (v16-18) The day of victory was at hand; and it came with a warning. The people have been faithful to God’s direction and God shall deliver. But also, be careful not to get caught up in the victory. Success and victory can bring temptation.
The Victory (v20). God delivers the victory; God’s goals are accomplished. Joshua and the people followed God’s way and not their own.
Take some time and reflect on what obstacles . . . Jericho walls that The Lord has in front of you. Pray to God and ask God to tell you what walls he has for you to bring down. How does he want you to approach it?