Relationship restored!

Joshua 8:1 Now the Lord said to Joshua: “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land. 
2 And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its cattle you shall take as booty for yourselves. Lay an ambush for the city behind it.”
3 So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai; and Joshua chose thirty thousand mighty men of valor and sent them away by night. 
4 And he commanded them, saying: “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready. 
5 Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city; and it will come about, when they come out against us as at the first, that we shall flee before them. 
6 For they will come out after us till we have drawn them from the city, for they will say, ‘They are fleeing before us as at the first.’ Therefore, we will flee before them. 
7 Then you shall rise from the ambush and seize the city, for the Lord your God will deliver it into your hand. 
8 And it will be, when you have taken the city, that you shall set the city on fire. According to the commandment of the Lord you shall do. See, I have commanded you.”

Joshua is instructed by Yahovah as to how to take Ai, saying, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land. 
And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its cattle you shall take as booty for yourselves. Lay an ambush for the city behind it.” (Vs 1, 2)

We need to understand that now that the sin has been removed from among them and the relationship is restored. And Yahovah begins once again to lead and to guide, giving yet again the exhortation to rise up against those whose are idol worshipers and to put  them to the sword.

So, they will do to Ai what was done to Jericho.

So, Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai; and Joshua chose thirty thousand mighty men of valor and sent them away by night. 
And he commanded them, saying: “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready. (Vs 3, 4)

So, the plan was given and Joshua commands His army accordingly. They will take the city, and Yahovah will help them to be victorious, that’s assured.

Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city; and it will come about, when they come out against us as at the first, that we shall flee before them. 
For they will come out after us till we have drawn them from the city, for they will say, ‘They are fleeing before us as at the first.’ Therefore, we will flee before them. (Vs 5, 6)

They will draw them out and the city will be taken while they busy themselves with chasing after what they think is the Army of Israel.

“Then you shall rise from the ambush and seize the city, for the Lord your God will deliver it into your hand. 
And it will be, when you have taken the city, that you shall set the city on fire. According to the commandment of the Lord you shall do. See, I have commanded you.”

In reality this is now the Lord’s Army, and it cannot be defeated for Yahovah is among them.

Isaiah 1:16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil,”

When we begin to deal with the sin that is among us, then we will see victory, but not until that time.

And in order to eliminate our sin, we have to know our Elohim’s commandments, for they outline every sin that man can engage in. Disobedience to Yahovah is what causes defeats, because we have departed from Him.

How important is it to obey God at this time? Our obedience to Yahovah is life or death to us! Judgment is coming and we are facing the same kind of enemies as Joshua.

But we are blessed to serve a merciful Elohim, who forgives when we turn from those things that make us unclean before Him.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

As for me and my house.

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Yehoshua / Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

We know that he is coming, and that He will come soon now, and when He comes it will not be to administer grace, that time will have passed us by when He has appeared this time. So, we need to come to terms with our sinful nature before he makes His appearance this time. For now He comes as Judge, and to rule over every nation with an iron rod.

Yehoshua says, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Vs 12, 13)

This is his way of saying we’ll get what we have earned. Unfortunately, many of us have earned a place in Hell because we have sinned and not repented. Therefore, we must stand before Him in judgment bearing sin worthy of death.

He speaks of this time in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

I can’t imagine what that would be like, having called on His name for a lifetime, but having Him turn away from us because we have not kept the Commandments of God. That’s what is meant by practicing lawlessness.

What idiot places His life in Yehoshua’s hands, and then does not obey what He says we ought to do, or follow His example. Yet this is the story for many of us who are facing His judgment.

The Apostle John adds, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Vs 14)

He is telling us straight that those who have kept the Commandments of God, have been given the right to enter into the Holy City and have access to the tree of life. (eternal life)

So what Commandments are we talking about? The very least we can do is keep the basic Ten Commanments, is it not? But have we done that?

Have we abstained from lying, murder, adultery, and have we honored our parents? But more importantly, have we loved God with all of our being, or have we reserved some of that love for ourselves? Have we misused Yehoshua’s Holy name, or bowed down to other things, Idols like money, cars, houses, or possessions?

But here is the one Commandments that will cost more lives than any other:

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

Virtually all of the modern Church is keeping the Roman Catholic Pagan Sabbath, not the Sabbath that Yahovah Himself declared that we will keep for all of eternity.

Violating that one Commandment on the say so of men, rather than obeying God will cause so many of us to be left outside of the gates to heaven, looking in!

Perhaps this is why Christ said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)

Thus, we have the last word as it is spoken by John and authenticated by Christ Yehoshua.

15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Vs 15)

The Lie that is being spoken of here is the one that has been shouted from many a pulpit, and was also said by Satan Himself in the Garden, as He spoke to the first two humans. Essentially, He said to them, that they don’t have to obey God!

So, they didn’t, and we all know what happened as a result.

God is back in the form of His Son Yehoshua, and we are still of a mind to follow the instructions of the Lawless one! There will be repercussions that will far exceed those of Eden being exited and God’s curse on mankind.

Did the Apostle Paul not say, “The wages of sin is death!” (Romans 6:23)

Here is the last word, “I, Yehoshua / Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” (Vs 16)

You have been warned by one who was sent for this purpose. We can listen and act on what is the unvarnished truth, or we can continue on our way to destruction.

Unfortunately, we do not now have a lot of time to think on it. But just consider this one thing, it costs us nothing to believe God and act on it.

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Is Breaking Covenant Punished?

Joshua 7:13 Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the Lord God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.” 
14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which the Lord takes shall come according to families; and the family which the Lord takes shall come by households; and the household which the Lord takes shall come man by man. 
15 Then it shall be that he who is taken with the accursed thing shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he has done a disgraceful thing in Israel.’”
16 So, Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken. 
17 He brought the clan of Judah, and he took the family of the Zarhites; and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man, and Zabdi was taken. 
18 Then he brought his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
19 Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”
20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done: 
21 When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”
22 So, Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver under it. 
23 And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the Lord. 
24 Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor. 
25 And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day.” So, all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.
26 Then they raised over him a great heap of stones, still there to this day. So, the Lord turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore, the name of that place has been called the Valley of Achor to this day.

Joshua Has spoken to Yahovah and has been directed to sanctify His people and everyone with them. (Sanctify: to cleanse, wash clean.) They must make certain that they are acceptable to Yahovah.

They will be examined by HaShem, first by tribe, then by family, and then by household.

So, Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken. 
He brought the clan of Judah, and he took the family of the Zarhites; and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man, and Zabdi was taken. 
Then he brought his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. (Vs 16-18)

Now the truth has been made clear, Yahovah has examined the tribe of Judah and Achan has been pointed out as the one whose deception, Has not only cost lives, but decimated the moral of the Children of Israel.

Keep in mind that the gold and silver taken from Jericho was consecrated to Yahovah, Achan not only committed theft but He was guilty of sacrilege, by taking from God what belonged to Him.

Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”
And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done: (Vs 19,20)

Achan confessed His Sin. before the whole nation of Israel.

When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”
So, Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver under it.  (Vs 21, 21)

Now what Achan has done is out in the open, the deception is broken.

And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the Lord. (Vs 23)

These things are restored to the lord. And this is done before the entire nation.

24 Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor. 
And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day.” So, all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.
Then they raised over him a great heap of stones, still there to this day. So, the Lord turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore, the name of that place has been called the Valley of Achor to this day. (Vs 25, 26)

The whole Family and everything they had was destroyed from among the Children of Israel. the name of the Valley of Achor simply means trouble in Hebrew. And there they buried their troubles and thus removed the toehold that Satan had within the tribes of Israel.

It makes no difference who we are, or how holy we think we are; all sin is revealed before a just and holy Elohim. There just is no secret sin where He is concerned. We need not concern ourselves with hiding what we think we have done in secret. Repentance and change are the only path we have if we want to have a relationship with Our King and Savior.

“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2nd Corinthians 6:17, 18)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Sin brings defeat.

Joshua 7:2 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. 
7 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! 
8 O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies? 
9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it, and surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will You do for Your great name?”

10 So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? 
11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. 
12 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.

Israel was successful in destroying Jericho, and now they set their sights on the next walled city to take it down. Ai was its name.

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. (Vs 2)

So now, plans are made to take this city.

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.” (Vs 3)

Not expecting defeat by the hands of such a small city, they sent just three thousand men against Ai.

So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai. 
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. (Vs 4, 5)

Israel’s army was defeated, and Thirty-six men lost their lives as they ran from the battlefield. Their easy victory was turned into defeat, and Israel became fearful.

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. 
7 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! 
8 O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies? 
9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it, and surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. 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. 
7 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! 
8 O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies? 
9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it, and surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will You do for Your great name?” (Vs 6-9)

Joshua does what any great leader would do, having suffered casualties, and a defeat. He prays, searching for an answer. Why did this happen to an army that is under the grace of Yahovah? He doesn’t know what to say when such a thing comes to pass, but finally he speaks of Yah’s glory. Asking, “Then what will You do for Your great name?”

His concern now is how to glorify the holy name of our Elohim. Here is where He gets His answer.

10 So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? (Vs 10)

The Lord speaks to Joshua as if he should know what the problem is.

And says, “Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. 
12 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.”

Some one has sinned and cost the lives of 36 men, and also destroyed the moral of an entire fighting force. Sin is the culprit, and the person who brought that sin into the camp is to be destroyed.

In the society we live in today we have no idea how damaging sin is, it has taken down the greatest country this world has ever known, and turned it into a new age Babylon. Is it any wonder, that we are under attack from within? Sin is what is bringing America down!

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Here is the purpose of a covenant with God, to separate us from our sin, knowing that sin is the sign of the destroyer. We are coming into a time when this knowledge will mean life or death to us and our Families. Believe me when I say that if you’re running for you’re life, you will need to have Yehoshua at your back. And sin separates us from our Savior.

It is vital now that we keep His Commandments, and learn that we must repent at the breaking of any part of God’s Covenant with His people.

2nd Chronicles 7:14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 
15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 

Malachi 3:7 Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,”

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Joshua Fought for Yahovah.

Joshua 6:20 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.

While Yahovah gave the Army of Israel the edge, they fought and slayed the enemy. They utterly destroyed every living thing in Jericho.

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. (Vs 21)

It’s not like Yahovah couldn’t do it himself. But for whatever the reason He always used the people as an army to fight for the Lord, and this is how the promised land was won. Their wives, and children were left behind while the men including the priests bared the sword against God’s enemies.

What can we learn from these two verses of scripture? We can begin to understand that God works behind the scenes to give us victory, but we must do the fighting. He will not do this for just anyone but for those who keep His Commandments, He will give them victory. This entire army was circumcised for this purpose. A sign of their faith in God.

Joshua 5:2 At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time.” 
3 So Joshua made flint knives for himself, and circumcised the sons of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.

No man can be drafted into service to the Lord to fight for Him, or to minister for Him, without have agreed to submit to Him totally, this is what circumcision is all about. Now while circumcision is no longer required of a man, the circumcision of the heart is.

My countrymen need to understand that God expects us to carry out His will, not the other way around. He is Yahovah, He does not tote and carry for us, but We are His people, and He will employ us to carry out His will.

Pray by all means, that he will show us how to deal with our enemies, just as he did for Joshua and His army!

Revelation 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 
8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Just as there is war in heaven so also there will be conflict here on earth, and Yahovah will destroy the enemy here as well. And in spite of Satan’s strength He will be defeated. I doubt seriously that we will be allowed to just be spectators. The fight will come also to God’s people.

Prepare now for what is sure to come, and make certain that our hearts are circumcised and submitted totally to Messiah.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever