READ: Joshua 5:13-6:27 (esp., v6:26-27)
- A harsh curse is placed on Jericho. This place was to be devoted to the Lord; no one should seek to rebuild it. But later, Hiel sought to do just that. You can read his story in 1 Kings 16:34. He lost his sons just as the curse in Joshua explained that he would. We do see in later episodes in Israel that Jericho has been re-inhabited. But, in this first attempt, the curse comes true.
- This entire passage cries out for trust. From strange military plans to a strange curse, we see the faithfulness of God. From Israel’s obedience in walking the perimeter of the city to God’s faithfulness to the promise to Rahab, we see that we can model a faithfulness response to God as well.
- The stories of Scripture are sometimes odd; some things are nearly indiscernible because they are so different from our daily life. But they keep pointing us to God and His faithful presence in the life of His people, which includes us. So, even when the stories are odd and the consequences disconcerting, we see God in His faithful presence, and it reminds us of how incredible He is and how trustworthy He is. It moves us to trust even in the moments of confusion and ambiguity.
- Describe a time when you trusted God even though it seemed futile to do so.
- Why do we have such a hard time being convinced of His faithfulness?
- What can we do to help people find confidence in God?
Once again, thank Him for His faithful presence. Ask Him to keep walking with you, even in confusing times. Commit to doing your best to trust Him.