When we study the words in Joshua 6:5 we see that shout and joy are similar in meaning. The shout is what made the walls fall down. The key in the shout is the joy in the spirit. Now why are they shouting? Not only at Joshua’s command, but to them it meant “jubilee.” Leviticus 25:9 says, “Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the 10th day of the 7th month, on the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.” Verse 10 says, “And ye shall hallow the 50th year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants there; it shall be jubilee to you, and ye shall return every man unto his possession and ye shall return every man unto his family.” Verse 18 says, “and ye shall dwell in safety.”

This be came their custom that every 50 years all debts were cancelled and they were free as some had become slaves because of there debts. Troubles were solved and families reunited. It happened on the Day of Atonement when they were forgiven.

When Joshua tells them to shout, they are leaving the wilderness that they have been stuck in for 40 years. They are finally going to possess the land of promise. What joy they must have felt. Such great anticipation for the new life that God always had in store for them.


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