Tuesday, September 26 – Joshua 7:2-5

Sep 25, 2023

Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. Then they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up; have only about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai; do not trouble all the people there, for they are few.” So about three thousand men from the people went up there, but they fled from the men of Ai. And the men of Ai struck and killed about thirty-six of their men, and pursued them from the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them on the mountainside; and the hearts of the people melted and became like water.

 

Many seemingly small things in life have major ramifications. With the pull of one string, you can unravel an entire blanket. In Joshua 7:1, we saw how the sons of Israel had sinned against God by taking for themselves what God had instructed them to destroy. In the moment, there were no major repercussions—lightning did not strike immediately, and no one came after them. However, that was only the beginning of the unraveling. The impact was much greater than they realized, and it affected everyone in Israel. Because they sinned and hid from God, they drove a wedge in their relationship with Him. They chose their way instead of His and would suffer the consequences.

 

Would the sons of Israel would have stolen if they knew these consequences would follow? Probably not. But they valued the possessions more than their relationship with God. Many times, we are blinded by the promises of pleasure, wealth, and happiness when we are tempted by sin. We see all the positive it could bring in the moment and miss the major impact it will have on our relationships with God and with others. Sin makes us short-sighted, and we chase the satisfaction of the moment and with one small tug, the entire blanket begins to unravel. These one-time decisions have implications that can last a lifetime. We are wise to heed the words of Galatians 6:7-9: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary.”

 

  • When have you suffered consequences from your sin or the sin of someone else?
  • Why is it easy to get short-sighted when we are tempted by sin? Why is that dangerous?
  • Pray and ask God to help you have an eternal perspective when you are tempted by sin.
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