Read 70.) Joshua 5:13 thru 8:35. The Origins Phase was Genesis chapters 1 thru 11. The Patriarchal Stage was Genesis 12:1 thru Exodus 1:7. The Exodus Phase of the story has been Exodus 1:8 thru Joshua 5:12. We have 7 Promises and Prophecies. The first 4 were land, descendants, enslavement and Messiah. The last 3, given thru Moses, were Israel’s unfaithfulness, removal from the land, and restoration to the land. Two prophecies have been fulfilled, those of many descendants and their slavery. Now, we commence the fulfillment of a third prophecy with this Conquest Phase, and their taking of The Promised Land. All this, that God may bring forth Messiah, so that men may get their names in the Book of Like, and life forever with God in His Kingdom. Briefly, this is reading the Bible, while knowing the end from the beginning, and seeing it from the top down; which are our 2 major guiding principles, so as to rightly understand the Book.
With 5:13 thru 6:27, the Conquest begins. The familiar story of the taking of Jericho comes first. Of interest is how that Jericho has been unearthed in recent times, and there are walls there said to be 8 to 9,000 years old. But, it has been postulated that these were the walls of the time of Joshua, and that they did not fall, but literally sank into the earth, allowing every man to charge straight in, as verse 20 says. That would only be possible if there were no rubble! Verse 25 tells us that this account was recorded not long after the event, as well, and it’s about 1405 BC. Chapter 7 is the account of the sin of Achan at Jericho, and how much it cost him. Notice how his sin was charged to all Israel with the first verse! Find specific mention of the breaking of the 8th, 9th and 10th Commandments here. They can be found in verses 11 and 21. Note the progression: He saw, he coveted, he stole, and he lied. Are we any better? How we all need changed hearts! Then, chapter 8, and note the irony here. Everything in Jericho was to be dedicated to the Lord, and that was why Achan had to be punished, but here, at Ai, and in verses 2 and 27, all the plunder of Ai was given to Israel. Had Achan been able to wait, perhaps just 1 more day, he might have been a partaker of that which he had desired, and it would have been a blessing to him from the Lord, rather than a curse. Can we wait for what the Lord will give to us, and not covet and take for ourselves? So, Israel took Ai, and renewed their covenant with the Lord back at Mount Ebal in a manner similar to that which we had already read in Deuteronomy chapter 27. So, too, we should renew our commitment to the Lord frequently, as we can be so prone to wander. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell