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December 29, 2017

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Reading along with us in Joshua? Here’s today’s reading:

Joshua 8 (ESV)

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land. And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it.”

So Joshua and all the fighting men arose to go up to Ai. And Joshua chose 30,000 mighty men of valor and sent them out by night. And he commanded them, “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you remain ready. And I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out against us just as before, we shall flee before them. And they will come out after us, until we have drawn them away from the city. For they will say, ‘They are fleeing from us, just as before.’ So we will flee before them. Then you shall rise up from the ambush and seize the city, for the Lord your God will give it into your hand. And as soon as you have taken the city, you shall set the city on fire. You shall do according to the word of the Lord. See, I have commanded you.” So Joshua sent them out. And they went to the place of ambush and lay between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai, but Joshua spent that night among the people.....Continue Reading

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  1. What a difference a day makes when you go from disobedience to obedience. What a difference the favor of God brings. But notice that the power of God is not inconsistent with having a good plan. It is also interesting how the Israelite’s failure is used to bring about their success. They count on the presumption that the men of Ai will think the Israelites will be easily defeated and set an ambush for them. It is a wise plan and an example of how God often uses our failure to accomplish something good: to teach us about forgiveness and grace and the value of discipline,to build our character, to reinforce the benefit of following Him or allowing us to share with others what we have learned through our failure. And God grants the victory. Also notice that God allows the Israelites to take plunder from Ai, so the restriction that was on Jericho was an exception, which makes Achan;s sin even more foolish.

    And what a beautiful picture of the covenant restored! An altar is built, sacrifices are made and the law is read reminding the people of God’s standards.

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