Today’s reading is: Josh. 7-9; 1 Chr. 2:7
Joshua Chapter Seven
- The great victory over Jericho was marred by the faithlessness of one man (Josh. 7:1).
- “The sons” (plural) of Israel acted unfaithfully.
- Achan (עָכָן ‘ākān #5912: troubler) was personally responsible for his personally sinful actions (Deut. 24:16).
- The family of Carmi had a familial responsibility to discover and expose the evil within their sphere of accountability.
- The division of Zabdi had a divisional responsibility to discover and expose the evil within their sphere of accountability.
- The clan of Zerah had a clannish responsibility to discover and expose the evil within their sphere of accountability.
- The tribe of Judah had a tribal responsibility to discover and expose the evil within their sphere of accountability.
- The nation of Israel had a national responsibility to discover and expose the evil within their sphere of accountability.
- The Lord’s anger is directed against the nation in response to the rebellion of the one man (Josh. 7:1b).
- Joshua, unaware of Achan’s sin, dispatched spies to Conquest City #2: Ai (Josh. 7:2).
- The spies viewed Ai as a relatively easy conquest (Josh. 7:3).
- Joshua accepts the spies assessment, and dispatches a strike force of 3,000 men who faced immediate defeat (Josh. 7:4,5).
- Joshua and the elders of Israel humbled themselves before the Lord, and lamented the shame and reproach they had brought upon Israel (Josh. 7:6-9).
- The Lord lifts up Joshua, and teaches him that the defeat was a spiritual defeat rather than a military defeat (Josh. 7:10-12).
- The Lord also teaches Joshua that the only solution for Israel is to investigate the sin and root it out (Josh. 7:13-15).
- Joshua presided over the national grand-jury investigation. Lot by lot was selected, and the chain of evidence from Judah to Zerah to Zabdi to Carmi to Achan was established (Josh. 7:16-18).
- Provided with the opportunity to confess, Achan confessed to what he had looted from Jericho (Josh. 7:19-21).
- The evidence is then collected, and the entire family of Achan is then brought to trial for sentencing (Josh. 7:22-26).
Joshua Chapter Eight
- The Conquest is now permitted to go forth (Josh. 8:1).
- The first attempt was not ordained by the Lord.
- The second attempt will be made by the entire army, and not a limited human force based upon a finite perspective of human ability.
- Joshua oversees the destruction of Ai through stratagem and ambush (Josh. 8:2-23).
- Unlike Jericho (first fruits), Israel will be blessed by the plunder of Ai (Josh. 8:24-29).
- Joshua built an altar of uncut stones (Ex. 20:24,25) to the Lord (Josh. 8:30-35), in obedience to the instructions of the Lord (Deut. 27:2-8).
Joshua Chapter Nine
- Israel’s victories over Jericho & Ai prompted a united Canaanite alliance formed to fight against Israel (Josh. 9:1,2).
- Israel’s victories over Jericho & Ai also prompted a Gibeonite plan to deceive Israel (Josh. 9:3-15).
- The Gibeonites were a clan of Hivites (Josh. 9:7).
- Israel suspected the origin of the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:7).
- Israel succumbed to the flattery of the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:8-13).
- Israel failed to inquire of the Lord for His wisdom in the matter (Josh. 9:14).
- Israel’s covenant with Gibeon was against the will of God (Ex. 23:32; 34:12; Deut. 7:2), but as an oath, Israel could not violate it (Josh. 9:18-20; Deut. 23:21-23).
- Joshua enslaved the Gibeonites to temporal-life service to the Levitical priesthood (Josh. 9:21-27).