Prior to the Israelites’ conquest of the city of Jericho, a very significant event takes place that is often overlooked. Unlike most ancient literature, the Bible records details and events that can be seemingly unrelated to the overall narrative. For example, how many Christians have been sidelined in their attempts to read the entire Bible by the endless series of lists, genealogies, and rules found in Leviticus and Deuteronomy? It can make for tedious reading, but these details are by no means extraneous or superfluous. We learn in Luke 24:27 that everything in the Bible points to Christ, and this includes “Moses and all the prophets.” We do ourselves and our Lord a disservice when we don’t make an effort to understand why particular things are preserved in Scripture. If God thought it important enough to include in His Book, then we should think it important enough to think about.

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