Jericho’s water was so bad even the plant life couldn’t grow around it. Our lives are so cursed by sin that even our best efforts lead to condemnation. Fortunately, God heals the barren and hopeless.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3: 17-18 NIV)
Jesus didn’t come to the earth to tell us that we are condemned. Deep down we know we are condemned. We see evidence of the curse of sin everywhere; we feel the pain of destruction. Jesus came to prove there is hope. If we believe in him and we will be saved from the curse of sin.
The history of Jericho
Jericho is the first place the Israelites gained control of Canaan (Joshua 6:1-25). To mark the location Joshua put a curse on Jericho.
At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:
“At the cost of his firstborn son
he will lay its foundations;
at the cost of his youngest
he will set up its gates.” (Joshua 6:26 NIV)
Joshua cursed the man that rebuilt the city of Jericho. He said that the first son would die during the laying of its foundation and youngest son during the construction of the gates.
Approximately 800 years later when Hiel rebuilt Jericho his son’s Abiram and Segub died exactly as Joshua predicted (1 Kings 16:34).
Jericho in 2 Kings.
The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.”
“Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.
Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken. (2 Kings 2:19-22 NIV emphasis is mine)
Recognized Elisha’s power, the men of Jericho explained that although their town was wonderful; the water was bad. The land was barren as a result of the toxic water.
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Elisha and the men all knew that a little salt in a bowl cannot clean the water. The task’s purpose was to demonstrate the men’s faith by being obedient to the prophet. God does not need my tithes and offerings either to accomplish His will. He requests them; because by my obedience both my faith and love for God grow.
Elisha took the salt in the new bowl to the source of the water. If I want to improve my actions I also must begin at the source my thoughts.
It is our believing in Jesus as God’s Son that leads to our salvation, not our good behavior.
Elisha reminded everyone that it was the Lord, not him that heals. The Lord healed the water and improved the land, permanently.
Look back at John 3:17-18. We have the curse of death caused by sin. Jesus knew we were cursed. His coming didn’t cause the curse. If we will call out to Him, He will answer our request. We must out of obedience and faith surrender our pride and accept His grace. When we do. Jesus goes to the source of our barrenness and condemnation. He offered the perfect sacrifice to cleanse us and we are healed ETERNALLY.
- Is there a problem you need to give to God?
- Are you struggling with obedience?