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. 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.
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. So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai – Joshua 7 : 1 – 4.
When one is guilty, what seems to be very simple becomes very hard and difficult. The spies thought that Ai was too small for the whole of Israel to fight with. A battle is not won by the number of people, strength or power at times but rather whom the Lord has destined to win over his opponent.
Because of the sin of one man, the children of Israel has to run from their enemy which was an abomination because God was with them. When God is with us, it doesn’t mean that we are free to do anything as we like because God is not partial. Although Joshua and the children of Israel did not know what exactly was wrong but they knew that something was wrong somewhere along the line.
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. And Joshua said, Alas, Lord God, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all – to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Oh, that we had been content and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan. O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies? For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will bear it and surround us and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will You do for Your great name?
So the Lord said to Joshua, Get up. Why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have both stolen and deceived and they have also put it among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you – Joshua 7 : 6 – 12.
No one can deceive God. Man can only deceive a fellow man like him but not God. He gave an instruction which was supposed to be follow to the later but because of greed and self centered, Achan stole those things which God wanted them to destroy. God is faithful to His promises.
After Joshua followed the instruction that God gave to him, the whole children of Israel now saw who has made them to suffer in the hand of their enemy and as God told Joshua, they killed Achan and all that he has gotten including his children who were not there when he stole those things.
PRAYER : Father, You are worthy to be praise. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Help me to be obedient to You completely. Give me the grace not to focus on the things that are meant for destruction in the name of Jesus Christ.