Joshua 8:34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
Have you ever messed up? Did you ever make one of those really huge mistakes. What you may have seen as the blunder of all blunders. You may even have thought to yourself, ok, this is it. This will be the end of our relationship, or this career. What I’ve done will never be forgiven. However, you finally fess up, only to find out that the boss, or the person you felt you had wronged was a little more forgiving than you thought they might be. If so, then you may understand how the Children of Israel felt right about now.
God had brought them over Jordan and given them a huge victory over Jericho. They were kind of on a victory lap when they came to the city of Ai. Comparing Ai to that of Jericho, it seemed rather small and easy to take. So rather than sending everyone, they just sent a few men out to take the city. However, they lost this battle. When Joshua asks God why, God says the people of Israel had sinned. Someone had taken something from Jericho, which God had told them not to do. The sin of one family now was effecting the entire camp. With God’s leading, they found who had done this, and dealt with it exactly as God directed them to do. Then, God gave them victory over the people of Ai. So they built an altar to worship God. Not only for the victory, but also for the assurance of his presence with them. They were standing exactly where God, through Moses had told them in Duet. 27:12-13 they would be.
I love 1 John 1:9 which says; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus paid the price for my sin, my confession reassures my relationship.
Aren’t you glad for this assurance from God?
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
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