God Fights, but not without you.

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.

The Children were given the promised Land, Yes! But they had to fight for it! Every walled City had to be taken by force.

But why did they have to fight and kill, and why did David have to slay Goliath, and why did they have to battle to keep Israel? Why didn’t they just stay home, and let God do it.

Because sitting on their butts doesn’t require the same kind of Faith. The Lord also fought. And they had victory after victory because they obeyed God, and followed His instructions.

At Jericho when they blew the trumpets and made a great shout unto the Lord, the walls keeping them out simply fell flat, and they went in and killed them all, even their animals, leaving no living thing behind.

Every City they came to, they fought until they conquered the promised land, and then it was theirs. What God gave them they still had to fight for. And even after they came into the land, they had to fight Army after Army off, to keep it. And Yahweh Elohim went with them. The Assyrians, the Philistines, etc. but this kept them attentive to their relationship with God.

They found out the hard way that practicing Idolatry was a recipe for defeat on the battlefield. Because when a man disobeyed God’s commandment, several men died.

Thus, was the battle for Ai, 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. (Joshua 7:4, 5)

Thirty six men lost their lives, and Yahweh spoke to Joshua and told Him why they suffered this defeat.

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. (Joshua 7:10-12)

Israel had sinned! Who had done this horrible thing that cost the lives of 36 men?

They Discovered that Achan did this and he confessed it.

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.” (Joshua 7:20, 21)

Now comes the punishment! Joshua knows that He cannot allow this to remain under his command. Yahweh told Him to cleanse Israel of it. And that is what comes next!

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 7:24-26)

God will not allow evil in His camp! Otherwise, He will depart. Destroying that one person and all vestiges of him, his entire family, livestock, etc. removed the thing that caused God to withdraw from the battle. Now they could continue to fight with Yahweh at their side.

There are several good lessons in this one scenario.

  1. We cannot prevail without God on our side.
  2. If we must fight, then we must obey God.
  3. Just because God is on our side, doesn’t mean that we don’t have to fight.
  4. All that God gives us must be taken from godless people, and protected from the same enemy!

So, do we still think we can just be spectators in this life, or do we fight? And do we have Yahweh Elohim on our side? Clearly, we’ll not win our land back without Yahweh.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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