[bible1year] Devotional comments on Joshua 6-8

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 6 Mar 2014 12:38:44 -0000
MARCH 6

        Israel's conquest of the mighty city of Jericho, covered in 
chapter 6, is an illustration of several practical spiritual truths. 
God's only requirement of the Israelites was that they wait, obey, 
and trust Him for the victory.

        Chapter 7 records the disobedience of Achan. God told Joshua 
that the spoils of Jericho were consecrated to Him and were to be 
placed in His treasury. But Achan disobeyed God's instructions. He 
thought he could hide his sin. And because an "accursed thing" was 
in the camp, God could not dwell with His people. This caused their 
defeat at Ai. Achan's disobedience was discovered and exposed.

        Now that the nation has been sanctified and Achan's sin 
judged, God can again lead His people to victory. Chapter 8 covers 
the destruction of Ai. The first defeat was used to good advantage, 
for now the people of Ai were confident they could overcome Israel 
again. Note also in this chapter that God allowed the people to take 
the cattle and the spoil from Ai. If Achan had only waited a few 
days he would have had all the wealth he could have carried!