The people follow the strange orders which Joshua relays. For 6 days they march in complete silence around the walls of Jericho and return to camp. The seventh day they circle the city seven times. When the last circuit is completed, as a signal trumpet sounds, Israel shouts… and the walls of the city tumble outward! All except those who have taken refuge in Rahab’s house are destroyed, while all silver, gold and bronze objects are set aside for the Lord’s treasury.
20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
26 At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath:”Cursed before the LORD is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: “At the cost of his firstborn son he will lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest he will set up its gates.”
27 So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.
What lessons does God teach us from this story of the taking of Jericho?