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Sin in the Camp (6 of 12)
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 Span 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 in your life and in my life that it is what's going on behind the scenes that is the real stor ...
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