READ: Joshua 5:13-6:27 (esp., v6:15-21)
- Seven—one for each day of the week? Seven—because it’s the seventh day of walking? Seven—because it’s a complete number? No one knows. But that’s the instruction. Walk around the walls seven times on the final day. So they did. And it worked. The walls came tumbling down. God was once again faithful.
- The question is, “Would Israel be faithful?” Verse 17 introduces the “ban.” Everything was to be devoted to God and therefore was to be untouched by the Israelites. It was a kind of “first fruits” offering to God. The idea was introduced in the Law but we don’t see much expression of it in Israel. But, in Joshua, it will be significant. Here, Israel is faithful. They give all that God asked to Him. They took nothing for themselves.
- It’s a constant challenge to be faithful with what belongs to God. We are not asked to keep certain objects exclusively for God, but we are asked to bring the first portion of our life to God. The image is one of making sure God is first in importance and first in our sense of trust. When we give the first of our earnings to God, we are stating that God is in control and that God can be trusted. We are not solely responsible for our care. He is and it all belongs to Him. We give the first part because it sends a clear message about our priorities.
- Describe how you express your dependence upon God?
- How much of what God gives you do you keep for yourself?
- What story of obedience to God do you tell to illustrate your faithfulness?
Commit yourself to faithfulness in giving God what is rightfully His. Pray that your obedience pleases Him. Ask Him to help you in the cultivation of greater faithfulness.