Model for Victory - Part 1Joshua 6:1-20 Before the Challenge ( 6:1-5 ) You fight from victory not just for victory! During the Challenge ( 6:6-16,20 ) You overcome the enemy by faith! After the Challenge ( 6:17-19,21-27) Remember to obey God’s commands and give Him the glory!
Model for Victory - Part 1 • Before the Challenge (6:1-5) We fight from victory, not just for victory! • We stand in what has already been accomplished: Satan & Sin Conquered. • John 12:22-31 • Colossians 2:13-15 • Ephesians 1:19-22 • Hebrews 13:20,21
Model for Victory - Part 1 • Factors in Joshua’s victory • The Fear of the Lord (6:1) • Exodus from Egypt • Victories east of Jordan • Exodus 23:27 • The Promise of the Lord (6:2) • “I have given” • Claim the promise and obey the Lord • Know the promises of God Joshua 1:8 • Believe the promises of God Romans 10:17 • Reckon the promises of God Galatians 5:24
Model for Victory - Part 1 • Factors in Joshua’s victory (cont’d) • The instructions of the Lord (6:3-5) • General observations of God’s plan • God always knows what He will do. John 6:5,6 • God’s wisdom is far above ours. Isaiah 55:8,9 • God delights in using people and plans that seem foolish to the world. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 • Joshua with trumpets • Gideon with torches and pitchers Judges 7 • David with his sling and stone 1 Samuel 17 • What seems to be foolishness and weakness, really is God’s strength. 2 Chronicles 16:9
Model for Victory - Part 1 • Instructions of the Lord (cont’d) • Specifics of God’s Plan • Emphasis on the number “seven” • Seven priests, seven trumpets, seven days of marching, seven circuits on the seventh day. • Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. • Seven weeks from Passover to Pentecost. • Seventh year is the Sabbatical year. • After 49 years (seven times seven years) is the Year of Jubilee.
Model for Victory - Part 1 • Specifics of God’s plan (cont’d) • Emphasis on the number “seven” cont’d • Three of Israel’s feasts are in the seventh month. The Feasts of Trumpets, Tabernacles, and Day of Atonement • Seven promises in Abrahams Covenant • Seven branches on the candlestick in tabernacle • Shevah Hebrew for seven has a root which means to be full or to be satisfied • Seven was sacred and spoke of God’s ability to complete what He started
Model for Victory - Part 1 • Specifics of God’s plan (cont’d) • Two kinds of trumpets • Silver trumpets used by priests to signal camp that something important was happening • Hebrew word for trumpet - shofar • Ram’s horns were used in celebrations • Hebrew word for ram’s horn – jobel where we get the word jubilee The Year of Jubilee! • Celebration in 50th year after seven sabbaticals • Ram’s horn was blown to proclaim liberty throughout the land Leviticus 25:10-12
Model for Victory - Part 1 Conclusion The priests did not use silver trumpets in this case because Israel was not declaring war! Instead they used the ram’s horn because they were declaring a celebration! They were announcing the “Year of Jubilee”. We similarly march today because of the victory of Jesus Christ over all His enemies ( Romans 8:33-39; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Colossians 2:15 ). We are already the victors because the Battleis the Lords!
Model for Victory - Part 1 Application • Are you living like victors or victims? • Are you fighting for victory from victory? • Have you reckoned on His promises?