The seventh chapter beings with the word “But” so we know that whatever was said earlier has an exception and may be quite exciting or maybe a warning. In chapter 6 we read about the incredible, miraculous victory by the Israelites over the inhabitants of the city of Jericho. We saw the hand of God in every victory from the crossing of the Jordan River to the battle at Jericho.
But (there’s that word again!) something happened in Jericho which went against God’s command 1to the Jews and as it turns out, even though only committed by a single individual, the sin was so egregious that the entire group of Israelites were going to pay a price – and in some cases – the ultimate price – for the disobedience of just one man.
The sin was unknown to Joshua or presumably anyone outside of the man’s family. So why did the Lord cause the entire assembly of Israelites to pay the price for one man’s sin? Why did about 36 soldiers of the Israeli army have to die at the hands of the army of Ai? And how do these things apply to our lives and the life of the church today?
I hope that as we dig into this wonderful chapter in the Word of God, that we will bring to light the issues, the problems, the consequences, Joshua’s response, and the complete relevance for us today.
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- (“And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” Joshua 6:18-19 KJV)