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    Joshua 6:20-7:6 (New King James Version)

    20] So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21] And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword. 22] But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.” 23] And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. 24] But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. 25] And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. 26] Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, “Cursed be the man before the LORD who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.” 27] So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.Joshua 7

    1] But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. 2] Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, “Go up and spy out the country.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. 3] And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not weary all the people there, for the people of Ai are few.” 4] So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai. 5] And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water. 6] Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.

    Lessons Learned
    Soon after the glorious victory over the city of Jericho, Israel failed miserably in their attempt to take the little village of Ai. Lives were lost and great dismay and fear gripped their hearts. They even blamed God for their failure. But there was sin in the camp that caused their defeat. And, as God pointed it out and dealt with it directly and judiciously, Israel had the opportunity to learn much from God. Think through what some of those lessons were. Among them were the truths that...

    1. God means business
    2. Disobedience is serious
    3. Disobedience does not bring victory
    4. Greed is dangerous
    5. God's ways are best
    6. Personal Sin can affect many others, etc.

    What lessons has God taught you through times of failure?

    FOR TODAY: Thank God for the lessons learned through failure.

  • #2
    Good post, TBone...thanks again for your terrific devotionals from the Word of God!
    "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ,
    keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
    Set your mind on the things above, not the things that are on the earth.
    For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
    Col. 3:1-3

    "Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all." - D.L. Moody