There was once when it actually worked…
On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! … 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. (Joshua 6:16-17, 20)
The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament, but it is in His revealing in the New Testament that we find another way:
When Jesus entered Jerusalem… – Matthew 12:10
Jesus entered a house… – Mark 3:20
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. – Luke 19:1
I came from the Father and entered the world… – John 16:28
What I find curious is that we, as a Christian people, often try the way of the Israelites rather than the way of Jesus. We wrongly believe that we can stand outside the wall, shout at the tops of our lungs, and the walls of the city will come tumbling down.
“You are sinning by _____! (Book Chapter : verse – verse)”
“God said, ‘_____.’ (Book Chapter : verse)” [Swing baseball bat.]
Yes, Jesus gave them a tongue lashing, flipped over some tables, and ran off a few opportunist, but mostly Jesus “entered.” The world. The city. The house. The Temple. LIVES. Jesus entered lives. He sat down and ate a meal, had a conversation, touched, healed… He revealed the Father – not by yelling and beating them with a baseball bat of Holy Scripture – but by entering in and revealing the Father that was within Himself. (John 14:9) Instead of standing outside and yelling at the city walls, enter in and reveal Christ to it’s inhabitants. It won’t mean that you are consorting with the enemy, compromising the faith, soiling your unblemished soul, apostatizing, etc.; it will mean that you are following Jesus and entering in.
One Reply to “Entering the Walls”
So very good! I have learned so much this week at Nashotah…one of those is we cannot force the hand of God. We cannot force people to do anything by being above them, outside of them, “without” them. We must be WITH them. If we do anything contrary to the nature of Christ, it is NOT Christ whom we proclaim — it is us — in all our arrogance and self-righteous grandeur. And shame on us for not allowing Christ to do His mighty work through us. We are only the vessel. It is He who does the work. And when we participate in any way contrary to his nature and he would act/respond, we thwart His work. And, dare I say it, we claim that our method is better than His or prove that we don’t know Him as well as we brag that we do! Shame!