“Jericho was shut up tight as a drum because of the People of Israel: no one going in, no one coming out.” Joshua 6:1
Yesterday I went on a self-guided walking tour of the Castillo de San Marcos Fortress, which is a National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida. The original structure was built in 1692 and is considered the oldest standing masonry structure in North America. The Spanish built the fortress to protect their empire in the Americas and to store their food supplies and artillery. The soldiers lived in the village, but when under siege it became a place of safety for all the village people and soldiers.
The walls of this fort (much of it rebuilt during 1763 to 1784) varied from 14 to 19 feet thick at the base and tapered to 9 feet close to the top. The blocks used were cut from coquina stone—a porous stone that compresses under impact of cannon fire rather than shattering. The fort was never overtaken through warfare, but was transferred by treaty to Spain, Great Britain, and the United States. This fort stands as an example of humans determined protect their country.
Archaeologists believe that people of Jericho lived around 8000 BC in a walled city as a defense system similar to a fortress. We no longer build forts to protect us from the enemy, but we must build a fortress with prayer around our mind and hearts to protect ourselves from the evil around us.
Lord, let us build a fortress around our hearts to save us from evil. Amen.