by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #97, CT #1218

Joshua 6

In Joshua 6 is one of the most exciting stories in all the Bible. I guess
everybody knows about the battle of Jericho. You've either sung it or heard
about it. I heard about a little boy who went to Sunday School. Daddys ought
always to bring their children to Sunday School, but this one sent his boy to
Sunday School. The little boy came back home and his daddy asked, "Well, Son,
what did you learn today?" He said, "Oh, Daddy, there's been an awful tragedy!
The walls of Jericho fell down!" The father said, "Did you have anything to do
with it?" And the little boy said, "No, Daddy, really, we didn't have a thing
to do with it." But he said, "I know you better than that." So he went to the
phone, called the Sunday School teacher, and said, "I heard that my boy and
another little boy- h-ad something- to do with the walls of jericho falling, and I
want you to know before you take it to the church, that his mother and I want to
pay to have half of it rebuilt." The teacher, who was really sharp, said,
"Fine! The church is going to take a special offering for the other half."
I don't know if you know much about Jericho, but it's one of the most
thrilling stories in all the Bible. The walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
When you look at the geography, remember that the Jordan River flows down and
empties into the Dead Sea. To the west of the Jordan River there's this little
valelTPvy &ilg&~, aiat riasin& right uip aut of that vaLLey are eeTn hills.
At the bottom of those hills was this fortress called Jericho, and at the top
was a city called Ai, which we will deal with later. It was seven acres in it's
entirety, not very large, and yet strategic enough that Joshua knew that they
must conquer Jericho before they could take the heights. ...

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