The sound of the trumpets and shouts broke the silence of the horizon. Suddenly, another sound louder than the trumpets shook the whole land. It was the sound of crashing. The famed walls of Jericho went crashing down. Once deemed impenetrable by it’s surrounding cities, the city went down after a curious band of men and women marched outside the city walls.
Thus, ended the existence of the city of Jericho by the hand of God through the people of Israel.
God ordered never to rebuild Jericho again (somehow, someone has rebuilt its essence in the modern era, but that’s another topic entirely) and never take anything from Jericho. Everything was supposedly destroyed. Everything that is, except for one man who didn’t do as told. He took a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels (Joshua 7:21).
After Jericho, the Israelites tried to destroy the next city in line – Ai. They tried the same tactic, but the people of Ai seemed to have gotten stronger. They weren’t as strong as the people of Jericho, yet they were able to out muscle the Israelites easily. It was all because one man succumbed to temptation and broke the word of God.
“Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.” – Joshua 7:10-12.
Because of one man’s error, everyone suffered the consequences. Everyone fell down. Everyone was devastated. In the same manner, the gunshots fired during the hostage drama was enough to pull an entire nation down. The Philippines became a dark pool of terrorists and hostage takers to most of the world. It’s sad to think how one man’s actions could affect how the whole world viewed a struggling nation. Imagine the effect it could have to the innocent children when they learn that they live in a country feared by most people because of one man and one event? What would it have on the peaceful Filipino people who have neither seen nor handled a gun before and are enduring their hard labor? How about those who try to withstand all hardship and do honest work without any intention to harm anyone?
Yet the deed is done, we could do nothing about it. The blame game won’t change how we look, it would only lead us to trouble. I actually admired how one teenager looked at it.
“I can’t blame you for what you have decided but I hope that you could understand. Our country is now in a sea of problems. And I know for sure that we helped you in a way or another. Let peace and understanding reign this time.”
Reigno Jose Dilao
By one man’s error, whole nation was driven down, but it also takes another man’s triumph to set things right. I am not talking about the president or any official. I am talking about a man who was killed blameless. He was the one who died more than two thousand years ago, to lift up a fallen kingdom – the Kingdom of God.
For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.
– Romans 5:15-16
The easiest and only effective solution is to have faith in that one man who died to save us from all sin. No government policy would ever make it right. It’s time for a revolution to seek Christ and let Him change our bloody ways – Filipinos or otherwise.