God's Judgement

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 7:15, 19-26 The Bible teaches that one day the secret sins of life are going to be brought to light at the final judgment. But it does not always take that long for sin to be exposed. It only took a few minutes in the case of Achan. At God’s command, lots were drawn in which one out of the twelve tribes was selected, then one clan out of the numerous clans of that tribe, followed by …

Disobedience and Defeat

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 7:13-18 Under the ancient rules of war, a conqueror could seize the possessions of the one he defeats, and perhaps Achan was thinking along these lines. Achan may have been part of the invading army and may have wielded his sword effectively, but he was not the conqueror of Jericho. God was the conqueror. God commanded that the entire city of Jericho be destroyed except for all metal articles which were taken to the treasury of the …

Defeat in the Land of Victory

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 7:1-12 What a short step there is between a great victory and a great defeat. One moment we are riding high on a cloud of some great spiritual success, and the next moment we are plunged into the dark valley of some grim spiritual failure. That’s the way it was with Joshua. The victory at Jericho was a wonderful success, carried out in strict obedience to the battle plan of God and accomplished by His power. But …

A Time to Shout

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 6:15-25 There is a battle going on and we are in it. If you are a Christian, you are a soldier in God’s army and you are engaged in a war where many enemy strongholds need to be conquered. We see them everywhere. There are fortresses of evil in our land, in the church, and in ourselves. These fortresses are surrounded by high walls. The gates are sealed. They are manned by strong and experienced defenders. What …

Another Opportunity to Repent

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 6:12-14 Some people conclude that the Lord suddenly descended on the Canaanite people without warning and wiped them off the face of the earth. Not so! Remember Rahab’s report to the spies? Her people had known about the God of Israel for at least forty years. They had heard of all He had done to the Egyptians because of their sins. They knew what had happened to those who opposed Israel in the wilderness (Joshua 2:10-11). We …

Following Orders

Steven VanderMolen

READ : Joshua 6:6-11 The next part of this preparation of God’s people for the conquest of Jericho was obedience. Obedience is an essential part of true faith, which is why the actions of the people are cited in Hebrews as a demonstration of faith. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days” (Hebrews 11:30). What is it that most honors God and which God most delights to honor? Is it …