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Joshua 8

Joshua 7:12

1 John 1:9

2 Corinthians 4:7

Psalm 37:23-24

Ephesians 6:17

1 John 1:5-10; 2:1-17; 3:11-24

Galatians 3:13

Deuteronomy 27-30

Hebrews 10:25

Failure is not fatal if and when repentance is present. The devil would convince us that there is no way back from failure but God says that sin can be forgiven. Those who sin and repent can be restored to usefulness. Sometimes God uses failure to teach us how much we really need him and to rely on him not ourselves. Failure is the medicine to our arrogance that we do not need God. We are utterly dependent every moment of our lives on God.

The whole ambush at Ai was not of Joshua’s plan or power.  It was completely of God and of God’s power that the city was delivered into the hands of the Israelites. The path of obedience and faith is always the best no matter what. No matter how badly we have failed we can always get back up and begin again because our God is the God of new beginnings.

Unless we take the sword of the Spirit by faith daily, we go into battle unarmed and unprepared. We must spend time in God’s word daily.

God often stoops to such spectacles to give us a reminder of the seriousness of sin and judgment. We dare not take the death of Christ lightly and not view it as ancient history. God’s patience with the wicked does eventually run out and he will bring judgement down upon them. Our obedience to God’s word is vital.

The principle of blessing for obedience and cursing for disobedience is a lasting principle. It is grounded in the very character of God.

Sin brings judgement and that judgement is death. In the ancient times the innocent victim was an unblemished animal. The true sacrifice for everyone is Jesus Christ. It is by faith in His death for us that we escape the punishment for sin.