Blow the Horns

Early on the seventh day, they started at dawn and marched around the city seven times in the same way. That was the only day they marched around the city seven times. After the seventh time, the priests blew the trumpets, and Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city. Joshua 6:15-16 HCSB

I have had the opportunity to visit Israel twice and I am planning to go again in March of next year. On my last visit I purchased a souvenir called a Shophar which is actually a ram's horn. One can blow from the small end to make a sound. It can only play afew notes and is primarily used for making noise rather than for music. At one of the visits to a national park in Israel, I observed a young lady blowing a Shophar. It was her cry for peace in the land.

The trumpets that the priests blew were actually Shophars. The priests blew these all seven days while everything else was silent until the last day when Joshua commanded the people to shout. We can only imagine what the Israelites were thinking. I am sure some were thinking, “We have marched around the city for seven days and now we have marched around the city seven times today yet nothing has happened.” Certainly, there had to be many who were ready to stop and go back to camp. Some may have wanted to go back to Egypt. God often works in mysterious ways and sometimes uses unusual methods to accomplish His will.

Challenge: Are you willing to follow God's plan for your life, even when it does not make sense? Shout to God verbally or in your heart to proclaim Him as Lord and Savior. You have something to shout about: Through Jesus Christ, God provided a way for you to defeat your enemy, Satan, and gain eternal life in heaven.

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