Joshua 6:1 “Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel…”
On that blessed day, his Army Generals, Lieutenants and Advisers gathered, expecting him to discuss new military strategies for the war, the machineries to be purchased, the men to be deployed etc, but NO he didn’t. He simply declared a National thanksgiving day! Appalling you would say, but Friend, he learnt it from history and I think we can pick up some lessons from this as well.
In our text, the bible says “Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel…” One of the Hebrew interpretations for the word Jericho is moon or brightness. Jericho is also a place of great wealth and abundance. Hear this:
Joshua 6:24 “And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD”
They found great treasure of silver, gold, brass and iron in Jericho after they conquered it.
Friend, perhaps this year has not been what you expected it to be in certain areas. Perhaps some expectations of yours seem to have gone beyond your reach. Darkness seems to have covered your “moon and shining”. The gates and doors to the great treasures you expected seems to be “straitly shut up” against you. I want to encourage you and let you know it is not over; there is what to do to lay hold on that long awaited miracle. It is called the key of Thanksgiving.
The key of Thanksgiving is a key that unlocks all doors. It is a multi-purpose master key. Every door opens before it. Hear this:
Joshua 6:20 “So the people shouted when [the priests] blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”
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