Walls of Jericho

In the Old Testament, there’s an incredible story about the Israelites who knock down a massive city wall simply by marching around it 13 times and then making a lot of noise. Of course, it was God who really did it, but why did he choose to use such an odd symbolic march to knock down the Walls of Jericho? And can we continue to do similar things today?

Related Bible Verses

Joshua 6:1-5

Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

Song Notes

The concept for this song came from some 8-9 years ago when a friend of mine was going through a life threatening illness. I tried to visit her but for some reason or another wasn’t able to see her. (Did I chicken out? Was she not home? I don’t recall).

But I remember taking off my shoes and walking around her house praying, inspired by the story of the walls of Jericho. Was I crazy? Probably. Did it help? Maybe, maybe not. Did she get better? Thank God, she did.

Fast forward a few years, and I developed a similar issue. Not quite as life threatening, at least not in the same way. And the story of Jericho and what I did back then came back to me. Hence, this song:

Lyrics

Walls of Jericho come down, six and seven times I’ve walked around you
Silently behind the ark, til the priests and Levites blow the alarm

Walls of Jericho in my heart, looming high up above the ground
I’ll keep walking behind the ark, til the God of all takes you down

Walls of Jericho come down, six and seven times I’ve marched around you
Eagerly behind the ark, waiting for the trumpets that I may shout

Walls of Jericho, you cannot stay when God hears all his children pray
I’ll be looking for that bright day when the walls are completely gone away

Walls of Jericho come down, six and seven times I’ve walked around you
Silently behind the ark, til the priests and Levites blow the alarm

Walls of Jericho in my heart, looming high up above the ground
I’ll keep walking behind the ark, til the God of all takes you down

 

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