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

2 Replies to “Sin brings defeat.”

  1. Thank you Bro Chuck. One of the major problems is that parent have relinquished their faith responsibilites. I sees this with my learners/pupils. They cannot decern right from wrong and have not been brought into a covenant relationship with Yhwh. They are lawless and we are not allowed to discipline them. Life being such, they suffer the consequences for their actions.

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