New Series: Walls Fall Down
Apologies to all of you who grew up in church for what follows:
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho
And the walls came a-tumbling down
You may talk about your men of Gideon
You may talk about the men of Saul
But there's none like good old Joshua
At the battle of Jericho.
Guess what will be stuck in your head now all day?
You are welcome.
(If you don't know the song, here is a version sung by some little kids that will one day be very unhappy with their parents for putting it on YouTube.)
I remember singing that as a kid growing up and thinking that I knew nothing of the history or context of the event. I didn't know what an Israelite was and couldn't have come close to finding Jericho on a map, but I still thought it was a remarkable story of a guy that needed to overthrow a city, with God's help crafted a horrible battle plan, yet several days later...
God made Walls Fall Down.
The people in Jericho had built huge walls so they could rest at ease. They thought if they stay inside, their walls are bigger than any other military force the world could assemble. They were right. What the were wrong about, was the fact that this band of Israelites was steaming for the promised land, and the God of the universe was on their side and He would make the walls fall.
For the next several weeks ('several' is code for 'I'm not sure how long this series will last) we are going to be looking at this great book in the Old Testament called the Book of Joshua.
Have you ever read it? I admit that I have read it some, but never done an in-depth dive until recently. As I read it and studied it, it seems the perfect book to work through at Rockland.
If you don't quite get the Old Testament, especially the first few books...good news.
If you are interested in history, maps, non-boring timelines and locations of Biblical events (visual learners, rejoice!)...good news.
If you are curious how the Old Testament points us to the New Testament;s Good News...good news.
The Book of Joshua has all this and more.
Get ready to jump in to see what God can teach us in this 6th book of the Bible, about a remarkable leader he appointed that lives in the shadow of his predecessor (Moses).
Watch the Bible speak from 3,500 years ago to us today.
Take some time and browse the book, and we'll see you Sunday!