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  1. Defeat in the Land of the Victory Joshua 7

  2. Promised Land as “a land of hills and valleys” • Topography vs Egypt • Geography of the life of faith • Peaks of victory • Valleys of discouragements • But: change from victory to defeat • Joshua: experienced & gifted leader yet human & liable to error • Disobedient Soldier (7:1, 20-21) • The sinner (v. 1) • Achan or Achar meaning the trouble

  3. From the tribe of Judah (16) • The man who troubled Israel (25) • Because of him Israel was defeated • 36 soldiers were killed • Abraham concerning his wife • David’s unauthorized census causing the death of 70,000 (II Sam 24) • Jonah’s refusal & the ship (Jonah 1) • “Lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble” (Heb 12:15) • I Cor 5 • Israel, not Achan, that sinned (7:1,11) • Israel, one people in the Lord • God’s people, one body in the Lord • Belonging, needing, affecting (I Cor 12:12 ff) • The sin (20-21)

  4. The order: all spoils to be devoted to the Lord (6: 17-21, 24) • The first victory, firstfruits to the Lord (Prov 3:9) • Achan’s disobedience • “I saw… I coveted,…(I) took (7:2) • Eve (Gen 3:5) • Achan’s mistakes • He looked at the spoils second time • He reclassified the treaures & called them spoils (7:21) • He coveted • James 1: 14 • He thought he could get away with it • Be sure your sin will find you out (Num. 32:23)

  5. All things are naked to & open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Heb 4:13) • Matthew 6: 33 • Defeated Army (7:2-5) • Joshua surveyed • Assumed that God was pleased • Spiritual leaders must constantly seek His face & determine what His will for each new challenge • Self-confidence lead to presumption • Ai smaller than Jericho • Pride goes before destruction (Prov 16: 18) • God’s thoughts are not our thoughts (Isa 55: 8-9)

  6. Ai, 15 miles from Jericho • In the hill country, 1700 feet above the sea level • 36 soldiers died • Discouraged Leader (7: 6-15) • Remorse (7-9) • Joshua said, “ Oh that we stayed where we were” • “Joshua reproaches God” George H. Morrison • Unbelief is content to settle for something less than God’s best • Sometimes God allows us to experience the humiliating defeats in order to test our faith & reveal to us what’s really going on in our heart (Jer 17:9) • Repentance (8-9)

  7. Israel’s defeated God’s glory • Not Joshua’s fame or reputation, but the glory of God of Israel • Rebuke (10-15) • Israel had to deal with sin • Stolen what belonged to Him • Accursed – 6 times • Sin: to miss the mark (11) • Fall short of God’s standard • Transgression: to cross over • Stealing from God & lying about it (11) • Sanctify for morning assembly • A Discovered Sinner (7:16-26) • The investigation (16 – 18)

  8. “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doing (Jer 17:10) • Nobody can hide from God (Jer 23:24) • God’s approach was methodical • Judah > family of Zerahites > Household of Zabdi > Achan • Ephod or lot? • “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me nor is their sin concealed from my eyes” (Jer 16:17) • The confession (19-23) • Achan sinned against people and God • “I have sinned” • Pharaoh, Balaam, King Saul, David, Shemei, Judas, the Prodigal Son • Evidence

  9. The judgment (24-26) • Achan’s whole family was guilty • Deut 24:16 • Nadab & Abihu (Lev 10) • Uzzah (II Sam 6:1-11) • Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11) • A warning not to take God’s Word lightly • Valley of Achor (Isa 65: 10 & Hosea 2: 15) • Door of hope • Heap of stones: memorial & reminder that God expects His people to obey His Word • Gilgal (Josh 4: 1-8) • God is love (I John 4: 8,16) to bless & God is light to judge His people’s sin

  10. Trying two days for Joshua & his leaders • No defeat is permanent • Even the valley of trouble (Achor) becomes a door of hope