Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000508
00:16 Hello, and welcome to His Words Are Life.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and before we start to read the word of God
00:22 today, let's pray together.
00:23 Dear Lord, thank You for Your precious word that is a light
00:29 and life to us.
00:31 May we not just hear the word but may it take deep root in our
00:35 hearts and bear fruit to Your glory.
00:37 We love You so much and thank You for loving us.
00:41 When we read last Joshua had sent a few of the children of
00:47 Israel up against Ai and had been completely
00:50 routed and defeated.
00:51 The Lord has told Joshua that the cause of this defeat is
00:55 because there is sin in the camp.
00:58 Someone has stolen and lied, and Joshua has gathered the
01:03 people together and he said prepare yourself.
01:04 Tomorrow I'm going to begin to draw names, and we're going to
01:08 start with the tribes, and with the families, and then to the
01:11 men within the individual families.
01:13 We're going to pick up now in the story; Joshua, chapter 7,
01:17 verse 16.
01:18 This is the King James Version.
01:20 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by
01:24 their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: and he brought
01:29 the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites:
01:32 and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man;
01:36 and Zabdi was taken: and he brought his household man by
01:41 man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi,
01:45 the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
01:48 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to
01:54 the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me
01:58 now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.
02:01 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned
02:06 against the Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
02:09 when I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment,
02:14 and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of
02:17 fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them;
02:21 and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent,
02:24 and the silver under it.
02:26 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and,
02:30 behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
02:33 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought
02:35 them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel,
02:38 and laid them out before the Lord.
02:40 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of
02:45 Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold,
02:48 and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses,
02:51 and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had:
02:55 and they brought them unto the Valley of Achor.
02:58 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the Lord shall
03:03 trouble thee this day.
03:04 And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with
03:08 fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
03:11 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day.
03:15 So the Lord turned from the fierceness of his anger.
03:17 Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor,
03:21 unto this day.
03:23 We're continuing now in Joshua, chapter 8, and this is the
03:28 King James Version.
03:29 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou
03:34 dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise,
03:38 go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai,
03:44 and his people, and his city, and his land: and thou shalt do
03:47 to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king:
03:50 only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take
03:55 for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush
03:59 for the city behind it.
04:00 So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against
04:04 Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valor,
04:09 and sent them away by night.
04:11 And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait
04:14 against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from
04:17 the city, but be ye all ready: and I, and all the people that
04:22 are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to
04:24 pass, when they come out against us, as at the first,
04:27 that we will flee before them, (for they will come out after
04:31 us,) till we have drawn them from the city;
04:34 for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first:
04:36 therefore we will flee before them.
04:38 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city:
04:43 for the Lord your God will deliver it into your hand.
04:47 And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, that ye shall
04:50 set the city on fire: according to the Commandment
04:52 of the Lord shall ye do.
04:54 See, I have commanded you.
04:55 Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in
04:59 ambush, and abode between Bethel and Ai, on the west side
05:03 of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people.
05:07 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the
05:10 people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the
05:13 people to Ai.
05:14 And all the people, even the people of war that were with
05:17 him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city,
05:20 and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley
05:24 between them and Ai.
05:25 And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in
05:29 ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.
05:32 And when they had set the people, even all the host that
05:36 was on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the
05:39 west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst
05:42 of the valley.
05:43 And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they
05:46 hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out
05:49 against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time
05:53 appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were
05:57 liers in ambush against him behind the city.
06:00 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before
06:04 them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.
06:06 And all the people that were in Ai were called together to
06:10 pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were
06:13 drawn away from the city.
06:15 And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out
06:19 after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued
06:23 after Israel.
06:24 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in
06:27 thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand.
06:31 And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand
06:35 toward the city.
06:36 And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as
06:41 soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the
06:43 city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire.
06:47 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and,
06:51 behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they
06:55 had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that
06:59 fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
07:03 And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken
07:07 the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they
07:10 turned again, and slew the men of Ai.
07:13 And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were
07:16 in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that
07:18 side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them
07:21 remain or escape.
07:23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him
07:25 to Joshua.
07:26 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all
07:30 the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein
07:33 they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of
07:35 the sword, until they were consumed, that all the
07:38 Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with
07:41 the edge of the sword.
07:42 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and
07:47 women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
07:51 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out
07:55 the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the
07:58 inhabitants of Ai.
07:59 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey
08:02 unto themselves, according unto the word of the Lord which he
08:05 commanded Joshua.
08:06 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap for ever, even a
08:11 desolation unto this day.
08:13 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide:
08:18 and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they
08:21 should take his carcass down from the tree, and cast it at
08:24 the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great
08:27 heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.
08:30 Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel
08:34 in Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded
08:38 the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law
08:41 of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath
08:45 lifted up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings
08:49 unto the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings.
08:52 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of
08:56 Moses, which he wrote in the presence
08:58 of the children of Israel.
08:59 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their
09:02 judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the
09:06 priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the
09:09 Lord, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them;
09:12 half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over
09:16 against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the Lord had
09:19 commanded before, that they should bless
09:22 the people of Israel.
09:23 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings
09:27 and cursings, according to all that is written
09:29 in the book of the law.
09:30 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded,
09:34 which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel,
09:37 with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers
09:40 that were conversant among them.
09:42 Continuing now with Joshua, chapter 9.
09:45 This is the King James Version.
09:47 And it came to pass, when all the kings which were on this
09:51 side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the
09:54 coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite,
09:58 and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite,
10:01 and the Jebusite, heard thereof; that they gathered themselves
10:04 together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel,
10:06 with one accord.
10:07 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had
10:11 done unto Jericho and to Ai they did work wilily, and went
10:16 and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks
10:20 upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent,
10:24 and bound up; and old shoes and clouted upon their feet,
10:28 and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision
10:31 was dry and moldy.
10:32 And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said
10:37 unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far
10:41 country: now therefore make ye a league with us.
10:44 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye
10:49 dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
10:51 And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants.
10:55 And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye?
11:00 And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants
11:04 are come, because of the name of the Lord thy God: for we have
11:07 heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
11:09 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were
11:12 beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of
11:16 Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth.
11:18 Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake
11:21 to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey,
11:24 and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants:
11:27 therefore now make ye a league with us.
11:30 This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses
11:34 on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold,
11:38 it is dry, and it is moldy: and these bottles of wine, which we
11:42 filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our
11:46 garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the
11:49 very long journey.
11:51 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel
11:56 at the mouth of the Lord.
11:58 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them,
12:02 to let them live: and the princes of the congregation
12:05 sware unto them.
12:06 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had
12:10 made a league with them, that they heard that they were their
12:13 neighbors, and that they dwelt among them.
12:16 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their
12:19 cities on the third day.
12:21 Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth,
12:25 and Kirjath-jearim.
12:27 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of
12:31 the congregation had sworn unto them by the Lord God of Israel.
12:34 And all the congregation murmured against the princes.
12:38 But all the princes said unto all the congregation,
12:41 We have sworn unto them by the Lord God of Israel:
12:43 now therefore we may not touch them.
12:46 This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath
12:50 be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them.
12:53 And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be
12:57 hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation;
13:01 as the princes had promised them.
13:03 And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying,
13:07 Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far from
13:12 you; when ye dwell among us?
13:14 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be
13:18 freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of
13:21 water for the house of my God.
13:23 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly
13:27 told thy servants, how that the Lord thy God commanded his
13:30 servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the
13:33 inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were
13:36 sore afraid of our lives because of you,
13:38 and have done this thing.
13:40 And now, behold, we are in thine hand: as it seemeth good and
13:44 right unto thee to do unto us, do.
13:47 And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand
13:51 of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.
13:53 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of
13:59 water for the congregation, and for the altar of the Lord,
14:01 even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
14:05 Thank you for joining with me today to read the word
14:08 of God together.
14:09 As I was reading through this passage it struck me that even
14:13 with all of God's leading, and God's guidance, the princes of
14:17 of the congregation, and Joshua, did not seek the word of the
14:20 Lord when they were confronted with the decision.
14:22 They went ahead on their own and made a covenant with these
14:25 people who deceived them.
14:26 Until we meet again together, let's turn to God always,
14:29 for every council that we need that we won't be
14:32 deceived ourselves.