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Faith In The Dark (Joshua 7-8)

After the massive victory achieved by the Lord at Jericho, it appears that is all going to go well. The people showed faith in following all that the Lord commanded. So we would expect that it will be smooth sailing for the Israelites to conquer the land of Canaan. At least that is what we thought was the case. Look at the first verse of Joshua 7. “But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things.” What looked like a complete success at Jericho turned out to not be success at all. The people were unfaithful regarding the things that were set apart for destruction. In particular, Achan of the tribe of Judah took some of the devoted things. Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel. This is important background information because no one knows that this has happened. No one knows that Achan has done this. This sets the stage for what we see in the rest of Joshua 7.

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