They were confident in their own strength. Kings of their own domain. They used fear to motivate and intimidate people. These kings trusted in their own power and their armies, but it was all a facade that hid their own fear. They always knew deep in their soul that someday they would face God’s judgement.
Joshua and the Israelites had crossed the Jordan River and were now before these kings. Joshua 5:1 tells us, “Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the LORD had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until they had crossed over, their hearts melted in fear and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites (NIV).”
We learn in Joshua 2:8-11 how Rahab informed the spies that the residents of Jericho still remember how “the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed (10).” She relayed to them that their, “hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath (11).”
Judgement was now at their doorstep. The parting water of the Jordan was a sign that God was with the Israelites. Yet the residents of Jericho continued to hide behind their wall, their facade of security. As the Israelites assembled outside the city, Joshua 6:1 told us, “Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in.” But God tore down their wall and made them vulnerable.
What about the walls you build around yourself? Do they give you a sense of security? Do you hide behind the walls you construct, trying to keep God out of your life? Maybe you’ve heard about God’s judgement, but you try to keep your distance from it, depending on your wall to protect you. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, one day your wall on this earth will crumble and God’s judgement will be before you.
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And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. – Revelation 20:15