Siege at Jericho

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#292: “Siege at Jericho”
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Joshua 1:10-6:27
10So Joshua ordered the officers of the people:11"Go through the camp and tell the people, 'Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.'"12But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said,13"Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: 'The LORD your God is giving you rest and has granted you this land.'14Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, fully armed, must cross over ahead of your brothers. You are to help your brothers15until the LORD gives them rest, as he has done for you, and until they too have taken possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise."16Then they answered Joshua, "Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.17Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses.18Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!"==Chapter 2==1Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. "Go, look over the land," he said, "especially Jericho." So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.2The king of Jericho was told, "Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land."3So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land."4But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from.5At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them."6(But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)7So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.8Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof9and said to them, "I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.10We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.11When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.12Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign13that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death."14"Our lives for your lives!" the men assured her. "If you don't tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the LORD gives us the land."15So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.16Now she had said to them, "Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way."17The men said to her, "This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us18unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house.19If anyone goes outside your house into the street, his blood will be on his own head; we will not be responsible. As for anyone who is in the house with you, his blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on him.20But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear."21"Agreed," she replied. "Let it be as you say." So she sent them away and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.22When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had searched all along the road and returned without finding them.23Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them.24They said to Joshua, "The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us."==Chapter 3==1Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.2After three days the officers went throughout the camp,3giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.4Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it."5Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you."6Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." So they took it up and went ahead of them.7And the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.8Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.'"9Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.10This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.11See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.12Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.13And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD--the Lord of all the earth--set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap."14So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them.15Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge,16the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea ) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.17The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.==Chapter 4==1When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,2"Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe,3and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight."4So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe,5and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites,6to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'7tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever."8So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down.9Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day.10Now the priests who carried the ark remained standing in the middle of the Jordan until everything the LORD had commanded Joshua was done by the people, just as Moses had directed Joshua. The people hurried over,11and as soon as all of them had crossed, the ark of the LORD and the priests came to the other side while the people watched.12The men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh crossed over, armed, in front of the Israelites, as Moses had directed them.13About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.14That day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they revered him all the days of his life, just as they had revered Moses.15Then the LORD said to Joshua,16"Command the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan."17So Joshua commanded the priests, "Come up out of the Jordan."18And the priests came up out of the river carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD. No sooner had they set their feet on the dry ground than the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and ran at flood stage as before.19On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho.20And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.21He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?'22tell them, 'Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.'23For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.24He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God."==Chapter 5==1Now when all the Amorite kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the coast heard how the LORD had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until we had crossed over, their hearts melted and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites.2At that time the LORD said to Joshua, "Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again."3So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.4Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt--all the men of military age--died in the desert on the way after leaving Egypt.5All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the desert during the journey from Egypt had not.6The Israelites had moved about in the desert forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the LORD. For the LORD had sworn to them that they would not see the land that he had solemnly promised their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.7So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised. They were still uncircumcised because they had not been circumcised on the way.8And after the whole nation had been circumcised, they remained where they were in camp until they were healed.9Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.10On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover.11The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain.12The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan.13Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"14"Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"15The commander of the Lord's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.==Chapter 6==1Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.2Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.3March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.4Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.5When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in."6So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it."7And he ordered the people, "Advance! March around the city, with the armed guard going ahead of the ark of the LORD."8When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the LORD went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord's covenant followed them.9The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding.10But Joshua had commanded the people, "Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!"11So he had the ark of the LORD carried around the city, circling it once. Then the people returned to camp and spent the night there.12Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.13The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets kept sounding.14So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.15On 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.16The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For the LORD has given you the city!17The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent.18But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it.19All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury."20When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.21They 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.22Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, "Go into the prostitute's house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her."23So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.24Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord's house.25But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho--and she lives among the Israelites to this day.26At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: "Cursed before the LORD is the man who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: "At the cost of his firstborn son will he lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest will he set up its gates."27So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.

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Siege at Jericho
“Siege at Jericho” is episode #292 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on December 10, 1994.

Summary

The O. T. Action News team breaks the story of Joshua, Rahab, and a standoff at the walls of Jericho.

Plot

We interrupt this program to bring you a special news bulletin: Brink Chetley, Lucy Cunningham-Schultz, Lawrence Hodges, and the rest of the Kids' Radio Old Testament Action News Team report on a crisis in the Middle East! They follow the incredible story that unfolds in the year 1406 b.c. The people of Israel are getting ready to invade the land of Canaan, specifically the city of Jericho, the Canaanite stronghold. Lucy is with the Israelites as they prepare to attack. Lawrence is inside the city, talking with a prostitute named Rahab, who lives in a house built in the city walls. And Brink is back in the newsroom. He is trying to make sense of it all with Middle East expert Hassn Ben-Sober. Don’t miss this late-breaking historical news story! We now return you to your regularly scheduled web surfing.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Joshua so certain the Israelites would take Jericho?
  2. Why do you think God had the Israelites march around the city instead of attacking it directly?
  3. How was Rahab rewarded for helping out Israel?
  4. Why did Rahab agree to hide the spies?

Cast

Role Voice Actor
Brink Chetley Earl Boen
Edwin Blackgaard Earl Boen
Excited Israeli #1 Chuck Bolte
Excited Israeli #2 Unknown
Excited Israeli #3 Corey Burton
Hassn Ben-Sober Donald Long
Israeli tribe leader Bob Smithouser
Jericho King Pete Reneday
Jericho messenger Phil Lollar
Jericho resident Unknown
Joshua Michael Rye
Lawrence Hodges Gabriel Encarnacion
Lucy Cunningham-Schultz Genni Long
Matthias Pete Reneday
Newscaster Bob Smithouser
Rahab Pamela Hayden
Rahab's unnamed male family member Dave Arnold
Rahab's unnamed female family member Unknown
Ramandu Phil Lollar
Salmon Charles Howerton


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Salmon: These are the ones who helped us! They have our protection.
Lawrence Hodges: What he said! What he said!