by Stan Coffey

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From Glorious Victory To Shameful Defeat (6 of 12)
Dr. Stan Coffey
Joshua 7

"But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel." Now I want you to imagine that you are outside the ruins of the ancient city of Jericho. The walls are no longer standing; as a matter of fact, they have fallen down flat. They were not bombed by an atomic bomb; they were not shelled by a tank; they were not overcome by any kind of force. But the people of God, in accordance with the instruction of the Lord, marched around that city for six days. And on the seventh day, they marched around the city seven times. They blew the ram's horns, they shouted the shout of victory, and the walls fell down flat as God promised that they would.

Now it's midnight, and the moonlight is shining down upon the ruins of the ancient city of Jericho. Outside those ruins is the camp of Israel. All the tents are there; all the tribes are there by tribes; the standards are there; and the families are encamped together. Everyone is asleep. Did I say everyone? Well, almost everyone is asleep. For there is a man who cannot sleep; he is restless. He goes to the door of his tent, and he folds back the flap. He looks nervously this way and then that way to make sure no one is watching him, and he comes out of his tent. He goes over the walls that have fallen and into the ancient city of Jericho. He stumbles over the ruins into the marketplace where once a busy marketplace was held. All of a sudden he sees something shining on the ground; he can hardly take his eyes off of it. He picks it up, and it is a wedge of gold. He's never held that much gold in his hands before. He goes on a little further, and he sees something else shimmering in the moonlight. And he reaches down, and he picks ...

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