October 19, 2020

Joshua 7:1-end- The children of Israel now prepared themselves to attack the next city known as Ai. Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai to view the land. They came back with good reports that they were few in number so they suggested that between two to three thousand men should go. Joshua agreed and sent three thousand to attack this small country, but behold, these warriors fled before the men of Ai, while about thirty-six of them lost their lives. Joshua was so upset that he rent his clothes and fell to the earth faced down before the ark together with the elders of Israel. Eventually Joshua spoke to God and wondered why this should happen. The LORD told him to get up that the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies because Israel hath sinned. They transgressed His covenant by taking the accursed thing which they hid among their own stuff.

Well the entire Israel was brought out tribe by tribe, Judah was taken and from the tribe of Judah, Achan was eventually picked as the person that stole the accursed thing. He confessed and the entire family of Achan was taken to a valley where they were all stoned to death and burned, and the valley was named as the Valley of Achor till this day. God proved to them that without Him they can do nothing. Everything Joshua was told to do he did, and they were able to defeat Jericho,.; Unfortunately one of them coveted the gold, the silver and other attractive clothes, and hid them hoping they would not be seen. Hebrew 4:13 says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifested in His sight, but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do..”

There is a great lesson here. When we obey His commands, it is for our own good. We only receive His blessings when we do what is pleasing unto Him.  Let us remind ourselves of the night of the Passover in Egypt. Despite the fact that God knew that the children of Israel dwelt in a separate location (Goshen) in the land of Egypt, yet there was instruction for them to place blood of the lamb on their doors and lintels, so that the angel of death would not destroy them. If any of them had failed to do this, they would have shared in the plague that killed the Egyptian’s firstborn sons. God attaches obedience from us to His fulfilling His promises to us. That is why Deuteronomy 28:1-14 had blessings only if we hearken to the voice of the LORD while 15-68 had curses if we disobey Him.

The children of Israel must have forgotten that it was God that was fighting their battle. I am not sure they asked the LORD on how to face this little city. If they had asked, may be the LORD would have told them that there was a breach of the covenant because they have sinned against Him. Their success in the defeat of Jericho must have made them to be overconfident that they would run over Ai easily. Sinning against God is like playing with fire. Fire does not know its owner, it burns whosoever puts his hand in it. Achan’s sin affected the entire nation, caused the death of thirty-six men, and ended his own life and all that he had together with accursed things that he stole. Of what use then is all that he stole?

With the way God dealt with Achan’s sin, It is very scary what the day of judgment will look like when our Lord Jesus sits on the throne separating the sheep from the goat, The book of revelation speaks of the wrath that awaits the children of disobedience at the last day. Jesus came to give us a chance to repent and be saved. Hell is real, so also is Heaven. He says He’s coming back again, so that where He is we can be there also. We should do everything we can to make Heaven because Hell is a place of torment, a place of regret, a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So my advice is that we should be reminding ourselves daily of things that are long lasting while avoiding the temporary pleasures of the world. Please let’s make our daily activities heaven-bound .We will be there in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Shalom!!! .

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