SIN IN THE CAMP
Setbacks, their causes and cure.
Dr. Miles Seaborn
INTRO. The seventh Chapter opened with an ominous,
"BUT". There had been complete victory but now we
find Joshua on his face before God full of dismay.
The children of Israel were in danger of being pushed
right into the river Jordan. But worse was the
discredit to the Lord's name. "Oh Lord, what wilt
thou do unto the great name?" Joshua's chief concern
was not that Israel had been defeated, but the name of
Jehovah had been dishonored; God meant for His people
to have complete victory. It need never happened.
However God does not make it impossible for His
children to sin, but He makes it possible for them not
to sin but when the Christian is close to God he is on
higher ground easier for the devil to see and hit,
where the storms are. It need never have happened, but
we can expose some of our own reasons for failure when
we examine the reasons for defeat.
I. THE FIRST CAUSE FOR FAILURE WAS SELF-CONFICENCE
It was a small city compared to Jericho - no need to
send all the army, just two or three thousand. The
people felt that they had conquered Jericho.
Greatest period of Danger is during the flush of
victory pride - boasting...victories do not make the
battle any easier no assurance for future victory.
Paul said, "In my flesh dwelleth no good thing."
II. THE SECOND CAUSE OF FAILURE WAS NEGLECT OF PRAYER
Had Joshua prostrated himself in humility when the
people shouted for victory he would have never had to
humbled himself in the dust of defeat. Had he prayed,
he would have known that there was sin in the camp.
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