John reads a passage in which God led the Israelites of ancient times through the process of successfully conquering a seemingly unassailable city. In this case, the Israelites were given a strange formula they were to follow in order to achieve their goal and to many of the time, these instructions would have seemed ridiculous. There would be little doubt that the Israelites would have been mocked for following them. However, they prevailed and conquered the city. So it is today, as well. God has given us instructions for salvation but to many, they seem silly and unnecessary. John elaborates.
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