January 11, 2022
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Day 010: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: Joshua 7:20-26
Take a moment and pray, asking for understanding of today’s reading. Read Joshua 6-10. Let’s journey!
Commentary: The results of obeying the Lord are great! As are the results of disobeying the Lord! The effects of each reach farther than a single person, especially when working as a group, as the nation of Israel was doing. Chapter 6 has the Israelites conquering Jericho, albeit in an unconventional manner. (What would your reaction be if a group started doing that to your city?!)
In Chapter 7, the consequences of sin are clearly revealed to any Israelite who may have wondered: Death! Thirty-six Israelite soldiers we killed as Israel lost the battle with Ai. Achan sinned against God by taking sacred things from the plunder of Jericho, as God clearly instructed the Israelites not to plunder Jericho. He disobeying God, stealing treasures. Achan and his entire family were put to death and then burned by fire for their sin. It is difficult for mere mortal minds to understand how the sin of one man resulted in Israel being defeated by Ai and the total destruction of Achan’s family. Sin is disobeying God and sin’s effects have consequences for others around you.
In Chapter 8, Ai is destroyed and in Chapter 9, the Gibeonites get a peace treaty by deceiving Joshua and the leaders of Israel. In Chapter 10, the Israelites go to war against five kingdoms because Joshua and the leaders of Israel vowed to God to protect Gibeon against their enemies. This is another consequence of not consulting God. However, during the battle, Joshua, prayed to God, asking Him to stop time to allow Israel to totally defeat the Kingdoms of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon – the Kingdoms that planned to attack Gibeon. Joshua’s prayer was granted, time stopped, the sun stood still and the moon stopped, allowing Israel additional time to totally defeat the five Kingdoms that day.
Focus Verses: Joshua 7:20-26 Achan’s actions affected more than just him. Who else suffered because of his crime? Why was his family also killed? Has your disobedience ever caused others to suffer?
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