Day Seventy—Joshua 6-8
Today’s reading includes the conquering of both Jericho and Ai.
From the conquering of Jericho, the main thing that I take away is this: when you’re following God’s instructions, sometimes it may seem like you’re going around in circles, not making any progress. Trust Him anyway, and continue to obey Him.
After the conquering of Jericho, the Israelites attempt to conquer Ai. However, because of the sin of one man, Achan, the Lord is not with the Israelites, and they were routed by the men of Ai.
Joshua prays to the Lord, who tells him that Israel has sinned, and that is why He is no longer with them. He instructs Joshua to destroy the evil from among the camp, then He will bless Israel once again.
From this first attempt to conquer Ai, the main thing that I take away is this: one person’s sin can affect the lives of many, many people. And friends, that affect is not a good one. As a dear friend of mine has often emphasized on his blog, “sinleadstodeath, sinleadstodeath, sinleadstodeath.”
After the Israelites destroy Achan, his family, and all of his belongings, then the Lord gives the city of Ai into the hands of the Israelites. After they conquer Ai, they build an altar to the Lord on Mount Ebal, according to the Lord’s instructions through Moses before they crossed over into the promised land.