by Jerry Vines

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SIN IN THE CAMP (6 of 12)
Jerry Vines
Joshua 7

The Children of Israel are basking in the glow of
their recent victory over the city of Jericho.
Jericho was the first engagement. Jericho was the
first obstacle before them as they went into the land
which God has promised to give them. They have met
that challenge, they have won that victory and they
must have been sitting back and relaxing and
congratulating themselves on a very successful
campaign. Just ahead is the city of Ai. Not a large
city, somewhat smaller than the city of Jericho. But
a very strategic city. It is the next step in their
campaign to conquer the land which God has given to
them. The city of Ai means heap of ruins. As we will
see next Wednesday night, God willing, from a
spiritual perspective Ai represents the flesh in our
battle against the flesh. Jericho represents the
world. "This is the victory that overcomes the world,
even your faith." "By faith the Children of Israel
walked around the walls of the city of Jericho and it
fell down." "Greater is he that is in you than he
that is in the world."

Ai represents our battle against the flesh. The
Apostle Paul says in Romans 7:18, "For I know that in
me (my flesh) dwells no good thing." So we will take
a look next week at how we will win the battle over
the flesh.

When you read verse 1 you have here the Lord
setting the stage for what is going to follow. Keep
in mind that we have access to information in verse 1
that Joshua didn't have at that particular time. God,
in verse 1, takes us behind the scenes and lets us
know what is going on. Very often it is true that the
real story is behind the scenes. What you see in
Congress on Cspan is not always what's going on up in
Congress. Very often it is behind the scenes and the
committee meetings and these places that the real
activity and the real decisions are made. Very often
it is true ...

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