Joshua 6:14 — And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.
Can you imagine what it was like for Rahab and her family as they waited under the scarlet cord — the symbol of their redemption — for Israel to conquer the unbelieving city and deliver them? Remember what the victory of Israel meant for this converted Canaanite family: a new relationship with God, a new people, a new position, deliverance from the rejection and scorn of those around them.
I can feel with them the anticipation as the news flooded through the streets that the Jordan at flood had just stopped — just completely stopped flowing! — and allowed a wide road for Israel to come right to the walls. I can’t imagine anyone in her family spent too much time in commerce or amusements among their neighbors. They wouldn’t want to be far from the scarlet cord when the battle commenced.
And then, several days later, the criers are calling the warriors to the walls, “Israel is on the march! Prepare for attack!” This faith filled family I’m sure gathered their things, dressed the children for travel, and huddled together, anticipating. They hear the trumpet blasts and the sound of the thousands of feet of God’s army on the move right outside the walls! And then — nothing. Israel went home. Then the second day was the same. Then the third. Let’s remember that Rahab and her father’s household had no idea of the battle plan. All they knew was God was coming with His army, and they had been promised deliverance. Six days of unfulfilled anticipation!
Do you think they began to have “expectation fatigue”? Can you identify with the disappointment and dampening hope of seeing the world around them continue in ungodliness, when they knew the army was just on the doorstep?
How glorious it must have been on that seventh day, when the marching didn’t stop! How sweet the rescue when it finally came!
I see a picture of the church here. We are in the city, but cannot allow ourselves to be part of it. We are under the scarlet redemption, and dare not stray too far. We read the Scripture and we can almost hear the trumpeters tuning up — but we are yet left waiting. We know redemption is coming, but God has shared so little of the battle plan with us. Sometimes, we tire of waiting. We know He’s coming for us, but we lose the edge of anticipation. We must remain faithful, patient and prepared, just as Rahab’s family did!