The next job was to take over the city of Ai. This was a small city, vastly outnumbered by the tribes of Israel, so Joshua only sent 3,000 men. However, Achan, one of the men of Judah had stolen some of the loot from Jericho that was intended for destruction.
Because of this disobedience, the Lord was angry and did not bless their attempt to take Ai. When Joshua tore his clothes and wept for the loss, the Lord said
Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep … I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction (vv 10-12).
When Joshua brought this to everyone’s attention to discover the guilty party, Achan did not proactively confess. Instead he waited for every single tribe to be…
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