Let us refer to Joshua 6: 20.
The wall fell down flat when people heard the sound of the trumpet and when they shouted with great shout. However the process that the wall fell down flat was not a straightforward one. Before the sound of the trumpet and before the great shout, there were so many steps. Those initial steps/principles are very vital for the fall of the wall.
The sound of the trumpet and the great shout are the last steps. The trumpet and the shout are not alone responsible for the fall of the wall.
Tolerate the wall of Jericho
God had said that until the day that God says to them, they shall not shout or make any noise. This implies that we have to tolerate the wall. The wall will be shut until the time comes.But we have to keep quiet and make no noise and tolerate the shut wall or the obstacle.
Those who tolerate any problem gets more strength to overcome that problem. But if we get anxious and nervous about the problem we lose hope and we also lose our strength to overcome the problem.
Until the time that His word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested Joseph. Joseph granted himself to be tested by the Lord. He tolerated all the problems that came in his way.
Similarly the wall of Jericho will be shut for 6 days and God’s people should stay quiet and tolerate that obstacle.
According to verse 20, when the time comes the King sends in the order to release Joseph and sets him free.
In Gen. 40: 14 Joseph finds a short cut to set himself free from the jail. Instead of tolerating the jail, he puts his belief on the chief butler and sees if the chief butler can help set him free.
This act of Joseph was not approved by God; the chief butler totally forgot Joseph (verse 23). This is what will happen if we do not tolerate our problems and stay quiet. No man or no other way can be found to overcome the problems before God’s time comes.
But when the time came, in Gen. 41: 14, the king sent word and called Joseph and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon.
Psalms 105: 21,22 – The king made Joseph lord of his house and a ruler of all his possessions. When time comes, God not only releases us from our jail but also takes us to newer heights.
Hebrews 12:2 – Jesus Christ now sits at the right hand of the throne of God, but before that He endured the cross and despised the shame.
Hence in verse 3, Paul advises us that we do not become weary and discouraged in our souls, but endure the hostility from the sinners who sin against the Lord.
According to Rev. 2: 10 God clearly tells us that the devil will throw some of us into prison (this means that God clearly knows and lets the devil to torture us). God says that we will have tribulation for 10 days. Even though God knows that we are going through trouble for 10 days, God does not come in to rescue us; rather He wants us to be faithful until death. And God promises the crown of life. Hence we have to tolerate our problems; God expects the same from us.
Acts 16: 23-25 – Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns even though they had been beaten severely and were thrown into the prison. In verse 26, they were set free suddenly. Help from the Lord came in suddenly!
Desire the victory
Joshua 6: 11 – They lodged in the camp. They did not go back to rest in their tents but rather they lodged in the camp. This implies that God’s people desired (their souls were panting for) the fall of Jericho.
Psalms 26: 8 – David says that he loves Lord’s habituation and on the place where God’s glory dwells. This is why David was blessed until his old days. Similarly, refer to Psalms 42: 1.
If we don’t desire and pant for God’s words and His works, we will not be blessed. And the wall of Jericho will not fall before us.
Psalms 119: 131, 1Peter 2: 3, Psalms 91: 14.
Wake up early
Joshua 6:12 – Joshua woke up early in the morning before the wall of Jericho fell before him.
Proverbs 6:9-11 – Poverty will come upon us like a robber, and our needs will attack us like an armed man if we are sluggard, and slumber.
According to Proverbs 20: 13 we should not love sleep or poverty will strike us. Also refer to Proverbs 23: 21.
Gen. 22: 3 – Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkeys (problems). Early morning is the right time to saddle the donkeys (problems).
Exodus 24:4 – Moses rose early in the morning and built an altar in order to offer burnt offerings. Early morning is the right time to built an altar (of praise and worship).
Acts 5: 21 – Peter entered the temple early in the morning.
Ecc. 8: 17 – a man cannot find out the work of God under the sun. Early morning is the right time.
The trumpet and the great shout are not alone responsible for the fall of the wall.
Three most important things to be done for that are discussed above.
If we follow those religiously, we can surely overcome all our problems that stand as obstacles before us!