E18 The Meaning of Jericho

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When Jericho is mentioned for the first time in the Bible, we read about its destruction. Jericho is a type of the present world that was reinstituted during the seven days of Genesis 1.

Joshua solemnly warned men who might consider rebuilding Jericho that it would cost them the lives of two sons (see Joshua 6:26). Hiel rebuilt Jericho and lost his firstborn Abiram and his youngest son Sechub in fulfiment of Joshua's warning (see 1 Kings 16:34).

This story illustrates how God (Hiel) takes the responsibility for this sinful world (Jericho) in giving His Son Jesus Christ - who is the First (Abiram) and the Last (Sechub) - to restitute and regenerate the world.