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November 2, 2011
This entry is part 941 of 3099 in the series Daily Words for the Christian Life
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And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.”
— Joshua 6:2

Jericho, which means “fragrant” (Strong), signifies Satan and his authority in the air. Satan surely presents himself as a fragrant, attractive person. He was created in beauty (Ezek. 28:13). When he tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1–11), I have no doubt he appeared to be more beautiful than Jesus (cf. Isa. 53:2). The first city the Israelites had to defeat was Jericho, which represented Satan’s kingdom.

Jericho must have been a fragrant, attractive city. To those caught in Satan’s kingdom, it is so attractive it seems a shame to destroy it. For instance, shopping malls draw thousands of shoppers every day, yet they are a part of Satan’s kingdom.

Adapted from Joshua: A Life of Service, page 49.

Tomorrow: “Jericho—Satan’s Kingdom (2)”

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