Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down.
Those are the lyrics to a Negro spiritual. People ask, “What does it mean, Joshua ‘fit?'” You must not understand ebonics. I know someone who knows ebonics, and he told me that “fit” is the past tense of “fight”. Or, as we say in Ivoryonics, “fought”.
Now those Negroes who were enslaved by Democrats in America know that it is not enough to do God’s will. You need to do it God’s way. They wanted to be freed, but there was little that they could do except wait. And that day came during a war when they were emancipated by a Republican president.
It is not enough to God’s will. You need to do it God’s way.
Now there are some who hear that song, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, and they’re pedants. They’re like, “No. Joshua didn’t fit the battle of Jericho. God did.”
Well it’s nice of you to say that, because after all, the walls came tumbling down not by Joshua’s brilliant strategery, but because of a miracle from God. God deserves all the glory and honor. But Joshua deserves glory and honor — not for bringing the walls down — but for obeying God. That’s something that the Negroes knew, but that the pedants of today don’t.
You need to do God’s will, but that’s not enough. You need to do it God’s way.
If you talked to Joshua using today’s Ivoryonics, you would say, “Joshua, you have a real heart for bringing down the walls of Jericho. You’re on a mission to bring down the walls of Jericho.”
Now if you were steeped in Ivoryonics, you would think that if Joshua’s task charged to him by God was to bring down the walls of Jericho, why, he should have a focus group where he discusses techniques. He could do a marketing plan. He could have a really cool Internet video describing how he’s going to bring down the walls, and how you can be a part of it. Sell bumper stickers and posters about bringing down the walls. Hype about bringing down the walls.
Was his task really to bring down the walls? Really, his task was to obey God. That’s the battle that Joshua fought. It said several times that Joshua had courage, meaning his fight was to be courageous. So it’s true, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho. His fight wasn’t bringing the walls down. His fight was merely to obey God.
God told Joshua to march around and blow the trumpets in a prescribed manner. Will he or won’t he obey God? That’s the battle that Joshua fought, that’s the battle that Joshua won, and the walls came tumbling down.
Now I hear people today saying, “I have a real heart for Africa.”
Well that’s nice that you do, because I don’t.
Same thing with people who say, “I have a heart for Haiti.”
Okay. God’s will for you is to “make a difference” in Africa, or Haiti. But you need to do God’s will God’s way. You need to be extremely careful to obey God. The written Word, black letters on a white page, in the Bible.
I want to point out that a lot of people who have a heart for these regions are young married couples. They say, “We have a real heart for Africa. I don’t think we should have children right now, because that would get in the way of our mission.”
Hmm. Well what you believe there is contrary to God’s Word. God’s Word states that women will be saved through childbirth, and a woman’s testimony comes from managing her household well. When you disobey that truth, and you go about “having it all”, being a working woman with a heart for Africa — you’re going to change Africa through social media (a continent that barely has internet except for craigslist schemes) — you’re not doing God’s will God’s way. Then what’s the point?
Everything that Joshua was called to do was counterintuitive. Marching around a wall in order to bring it down, blowing trumpets to bring down the wall? I mean, it’s far-fetched to believe that you could create a standing wave pattern as a natural explanation for how a gigantic wall could come down. But the truth is, whether it was a standing wave pattern or invisible angels smashing down the wall, the fact remains that it was a miracle that Joshua did not plan.
So when you think that you’re using birth control to somehow fulfill God’s will in your life, know that you are in fact disobeying God. That would be like Joshua making some kind of catapult, ballista, or a bunch of arrows and bring down the wall that way. If he had tried that, it wouldn’t be said that “Joshua fit the battle of Jericho and the walls came tumbling down.”
It would be “Joshua done did die.”