Often when I read Old Testament Books I am so amazed by the instructions. The things that happen in the lives of the Old Testament people are incredible. I think back to the Exodus, and David fighting Goliath, or Nehemiah rebuilding the wall, or Noah building the ark. All of the things are such huge extravagant things that the Lord commanded of those involved. What I love about all of these things are the instructions. They are often overlooked, because let’s face it nobody (especially men) likes to read the instructions. We would rather see a picture or just figure it out.
Here in Joshua 6 we see some very clear and frankly odd instructions. Many times in the Old Testament the instructions that God gives people are just strange. I believe He does this simply to show His glory. This is especially true here. We see in the beginning of this chapter that Jericho was impenetrable and yet God tells Joshua that He has given the city into his hands. Then come the instructions. God says to march around the city, and the priests are to have ram’s horns and the ark of the Lord, and they have to do this for a certain number of days and a certain number of times, and saying or not saying certain things. This is so much instruction!
Even though God gave so much instruction Joshua listened carefully and followed God’s instructions to a “T”. He did everything that God asked, even when it sounded crazy. It would probably cause some questions in me if I was told to walk around a city every day for a week, then I would just be able to take it over; but Joshua had so much more faith than that, and the result was victory and Glory to God.
The main think I want you to focus on and that I have been convicted of is the complexity of the Old Testament instructions and the simplicity of what Jesus has instructed us to do. We are not given crazy amounts of instructions like Joshua. We are told to Love God with all of our heart mind and soul, and to love our neighbors. We are told to follow Jesus.
Should instructions that simple be that hard to follow?
How can you better follow the simple instructions?
Are you thankful today that Jesus has made it simple?
By: Dakota Gragg