city of jericho

Cities of the Bible: Jericho

Jericho was, and is, a city located near the Jordan River that still exists today and it is still inhabited. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

Jericho is the home of many important Biblical moments: Jesus healed Blind Bartimaeus at Jericho (Mark10:46-52), Zaccheaeus was converted at Jericho, and the Parable of the Good Samaritan took place on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho (Luke 10:30- 37).

It was not that large of a city in Joshua’s day but it was a highly fortified city, with walls up to 25 feet high and 20 feet thick.

This was the city that God instructed Joshua to take. God commanded Joshua to circle once a day for six days, and that 7 priests should each have a trumpet to blast.

On the 7th day, they were commanded to circle the city 7 times. On the 7th circle, the 7 priests were commanded to blow their trumpets. When the people heard the trumpets they were to shout. As they did the walls came down flat.

Jericho is really a picture of the world, isn’t it?

It’s strong, formidable, and highly fortified. The battles there must be won by faith and obedience to God’s word.

We have the comfort of knowing the Jesus has overcome the world:

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NIV

God gives us victory in Jesus, but we must take it by obedient, persistent faith. Romans 8:37 tells us the overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us.

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