by Harley Howard

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The Book of Joshua Chapter 8 (6 of 15)
Harley Howard

1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be
thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee,
and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy
hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and
his land:

As we have seen before, unto the point where Joshua
went into Ai, the Lord directed every step. We see the
Lord directing, him, speaking to him. The times where
he decided to do things without prayer or the leading
of the Lord he made tragic mistakes. This too will be
our downfall as leaders if we fail to go to God and
seek His council-the scriptures. We too will make
tragic mistakes which will be to our downfall.
Remember that Joshua only sent in 3000 troops. His
advisors told him not to trouble all the people for we
can take this little land of folks. But notice that
the LORD directed him to take ALL OF THE FIGHTING
FORCE. Our ways are oftentimes based on our own
supposed knowledge and confidence. But true knowledge
and confidence is seen whenever we go to God and ask
Him before, during, and after the circumstances. The
Lord told Joshua not to be stricken with terror or
dread at Ai, but follow my instructions. Take ALL the
army and go to Ai. I have given the city and its king
into your hands.

2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst
unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and
the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto
yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.

God said to Joshua that as you conquered Jericho, in
the same way, you will conquer Ai. All of the spoils
of war will be yours and those who fight with you.
They were to ambush the city. No trumpets, no walls
crashing down upon the enemies of God. God works in
various ways. He will not be stereotyped into our
little foolish reasonings. There is a great irony and
tragedy to this story that needs to be brought out. I ...

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