Today you should read: Joshua 8
Some Questions to consider:
1) What do you think you should learn from God, Joshua, and Joshua’s army?
2) Really think through Joshua’s obedience to God’s Word – take a look at your Bible – ya you, that book
you’re looking at IT’S THE VERY BREATH OF GOD. How should Joshua’s obedience impact the way you live?
3) How does knowing what comes before the book of Joshua and after the book of Joshua impact the way you
read Scripture? I might mention that Joshua’s killing and ransacking an entire city is something you might see
from a Braveheart clip, but it is part of God’s sovereign plan of redeeming a people to Himself. How does this
challenge you as you approach your time with God and the reading of His Word?
This passage will get any manly man fired up! In chapter 1 Joshua takes the leadership role after Moses hits
the grave. God commands him three times in chapter 1 to “be strong and courageous and not to be afraid”…
and for good reason, Joshua took over hundreds of thousands of people and was supposed to lead them.
And what do we see from Joshua? We see a young man take the responsibility that God had given him and become a strong leader. In chapter 1 he takes the leadership role, chapter 6 he leads some of the most jacked-muscle bound warriors you’ve ever seen to a battle that consisted of walking and blowing trumpets, and now we are in chapter 8 and Joshua leads his men to completely overtake Ai.
As you can tell the battle strategy is a little foggy at first commentaries even suggest that it is a little confusing, but the only thing that mattered is that God was on Joshua’s side. Joshua leads his men to entice the inhabitants of Ai, draw them away from the city, then ambush them all the while ransacking Ai and burning it to the ground. You might say, “wow that’s a little harsh!” My response is, “well, yes it is… it is quite grotesque–like a scene in a Braveheart clip.” But know this; in the grand scheme of Scripture, when viewed as a whole,
this is another part of God’s sovereign plan to redeem His people to Himself.
Take a look verse 1 and 2. It is a clear command from God to Joshua that God has already given the people of
Ai into Joshua’s hands. What is important to take away is verse 3. What does Joshua do? Joshua does exactly
what God told him to do. And please take note of how many people Joshua was leading – 30,000. WOW! Not
only did Joshua do what God told him to do, but you see in verse 7 that Joshua was completely confident in
the Lord God. He had no doubts Who was on his side. He looked 30,000 warriors in the face and said, “this
day the Lord God WILL deliver Ai into our hands.” He was confident, not from his own strength, but from the
strength of the Lord. Joshua trusted God, not just inwardly, but to the point of action – doing what God told
Him to do.
We also read in verses 30-35 that Joshua still remained faithful to the teaching and commands of Moses’
leadership. This probably could teach us a great lesson about discipleship and the importance of life on life
training. One thing is for sure – Joshua did what God told him to do and taught the people everything Moses
had commanded. Remaining faithful to God and His teaching lead Joshua do to what he was commanded to do
which resulted in God paving the way for him and his people.
Worship God – Enjoy God – Be Useful to God’s Kingdom!
Posted by: Zach Monroe