I was reading an article the other day about how the walls of Jericho came falling down under the leadership of Joshua, and some archeological discoveries show us that the city of Jericho actually existed at the time the Biblical account was written. Many “experts” believe that the evidence shows that the city of Jericho was destroyed quickly and the residents were forced to leave in a hurry.
But, we have to understand that the Bible isn’t a history book, and these “stories” are meant to give us an idea of where we are in our life spiritually, and what we need to do to “move forward to the promised land.” Here, we will look at some other little known facts about the city of Jericho, and evaluate what we are supposed to understand through this inspired work of God. As a friend of mine reiterates on his website called Decoding the Scriptures, “All scripture is inspired of God…” A history book contains no “inspired” writings. If something is a fact…it is a fact, no matter whether God said it or not. But scripture is “inspired of God,” and the stories hide what is meant for the spiritually minded man (1st Corinthians 2:14).
Just as the waters of the Jordan river empty into the dead sea where no life lives (and is also the lowest point of elevation on planet earth) in order to symbolize the washing of sin from the soul (and also much more), the city of Jericho has a similar history. Since the city of Jericho is near the dead sea, it resides at a lower point of elevation than any other city in the world. Another little known fact according to Wikipedia is that the city may be the oldest continuously occupied city in the world.
One of the questions we should be asking is, “How did the writers of the Old Testament know these facts well over 2,000 years ago?” Obviously, the Bible writers had secret knowledge, much like the Pharaohs who built the pyramids, and they are trying to give us lessons by which to live by.
Consider that a city built on the lowest point of elevation on the planet symbolizes a very low point for the self and the mind. The city must come down. In my article entitled The Spiritual and Esoteric Meaning of Rocks and Stones in the Bible, I explain what stones represent in the Bible. For the purposes of this article, we must understand that the city represents the current state of our soul.
The stones represent fears, doubt, superstitions, false beliefs, insecurities, etc. All of these things keep us locked away within “stone walls” that are very difficult to escape from. The soul can find itself in a deadly place, unable to make progress to the “promised land” if we do not tear down the walls and never build them back again. It is impossible to enter into the peace and light of the kingdom as long as we carry these burdens that lock us in.
Rahab represents the mind that has prostituted herself out to these things. For those with ears, Mary Magdalene is the New Testament’s version of the prostituted soul. Some of the gnostic scriptures go into detail about the prostitution of the mind. The self is also guilty because it has believed in the prostituted mind, making the self a false self and an adulterer. Jesus told us that the kingdom is within, and Paul tells us that prostitutes and adulterers cannot enter into the kingdom of God. The end result is a suppression of divine living and growth of the soul, which is really a grievous sin. The Greek word for sin means to “miss the mark,” like an archer missing a target.
With the city also possibly being the oldest continually occupied city in the world, it represents a place of comfort and security, but if the soul becomes content and afraid to move on towards the heavenly Israel, the kingdom within is impossible to reach. Notice that Rahab lives “on the wall.” This is the same as a saying we use today called, “on the fence.” The mind is very unsure about moving forward, but must make a decision. It is through the prostituted mind that these things are realized, and so the prostitute, Rahab, is saved, along with her immediate family (which for now, I will just say are beliefs that we ourselves give preference) but the other residents within the city have to be destroyed.
The Bible tells us that God ordered the killing of men and women, young and old. This is one of the problems that many people have with the Bible. We know that God is not a murderer, and Jesus taught us to “love our enemies,” so these words hold much greater truths and are not talking about killing or murdering anyone… not even in the name of “the true God” OR any kind of “holy war.” Murder is not acceptable, and it is not acceptable to our Father. If it were, I would be looking for another one, and so should you.
It is only through a terrible misunderstanding of the scriptures that such myths continue to be literally interpreted. The Bible, as history shows clearly, has been a very dangerous book when in the hands of those who do not understand it. The “men and women, young and old” referred to here are also false beliefs and corrupt understanding, but since they are not related (as is Rahab’s immediate family) they could be looked upon as being false teachings and other beliefs that were put in the mind by others.
There are, of course, many more symbols to be evaluated in the Biblical account of this story, but I suppose it’s up to each individual how deep they want to go with the scriptures. The point of it all is to lead us back to the truth that we all carry within us, regardless of what set of beliefs or scriptures that we choose to guide us there.