I read Joshua 6 in my devotions today. The section is entitled “The Fall of Jericho” and the entire time all I can think about is Veggie Tales: Josh and The Big Wall. I’ve never actually read the book of Joshua before, and any teaching I’ve ever heard from it has come from class on Sundays at church in elementary school. I think perhaps we may have gone through it during Wednesday night service but I’m not entirely sure. Anyway, there was one specific verse I wanted to write about from my reading today.
You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.
This really stuck out to me. The whole chapter is about the tribes of Israel taking the city of Jericho as their own from the hand of God. I had to take that into consideration while reading the above verse. God was going to give the city into the hands of His chosen people as he had promised, but He had given them certain instructions that they needed to follow in order for it to happen. God was doing a work but first that had to do what He asked of them, in complete silence. That’s what got me. The whole silent, then shout, thing. I thought that was pretty cool. That sometimes God works silently.
I also thought about the Veggie Tales episode and how the people of Jericho were mocking the Israelites. Just how, so often, when Christians silently obey God they are mocked and ridiculed for their faith. But when God’s requests are carried out He allows us to go out with a bang and our cause is given to us and glory is given to His name.