"So the people shouted, and the priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, everyone straight ahead, and they took the city." - Joshua 6:20
The Israelites had wandered the desert for 40 years and were now finally entering the promise land. Moses had died and now Joshua was leading Israel. Joshua was chosen by the Lord for this very purpose and was encouraged by God, "...Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not desert you nor abandon you." (Josh 1:5) He was instructed to meditate on the Book of the Law, and be strong and courageous for the promise land had been inhabited by a ruthless people with no fear or reverence for God.
God shows his favor for Joshua by miraculously holding back the waters of the Jordan River by standing them in a heap, as the arc of the covenant, carried by the priests, crosses over ahead of the people. The nation of Israel, estimated to be about 2 million people at this time, follows the arc into the promise land. He commands the male Israelites to be circumcised according the law which enters them into covenant with the Lord and His law.
As Joshua ventures into the land he is confronted by a stranger with a sword. When he inquires of him the man answers that he is captain of the army of the LORD, and Joshua bows down in reverence. Being instructed by the holy man He removes his sandals, for this ground is holy. It is in this way that Joshua and the Israelites enter the promise Land
Now they are faced with a stronghold: Jericho. Jericho is a walled city completely enclosed. Inside the inhabitants know that the land belongs to Israel and they are hiding in fear. It's at this time that the Lord instructs Joshua in what seems to be an impractical tactic of war. For six days the Israelites march around the walled city in silence led by the priests and the arc, and then on the 7th day they march around 7 times then blow their trumpets and let out a great yell and the walls fall down flat!
"for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, " - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The trumpets of this day were made of rams horns fashioned for ceremonial use. It's hard to say for certain which specific horned animal was used so many years ago but many Jews today use the horns of the Kudu. These instruments are now known as Shofar's. In Jewish Culture today these horns are still used for ceremonial purposes.
So what does this have to do with Imagine School of Leadership? I'm glad you asked!
Today we are fighting a great spiritual battle. The strongholds we are up against are not as easily identified as a walled city. Sometimes the stronghold exists within our own mind. Some strongholds have rooted themselves in our culture or the world world around us. Even worse, some strongholds have taken root in our churches and places of worship. I believe there is an ever present need for a call to repentance. I believe that there is an ever present need for a call to spiritual warfare. I believe that there is an ever present need for a call to worship. To me the blowing of the shofar symbolizes all these things. The kudu is a reminder of where these things come from. The horns of a grazing animal fashioned into weapons of spiritual warfare.
Today, I pray you are encouraged in your study and in your prayer life. Take a minute to close your eyes and ask God to help you take up the full armor. It is through our prayers that the walls will fall down flat. Your time is coming to stand firm in the face of opposition. As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. - Eph 6:12-13