Y’hoshua – Part VI

Chapter 8

The Lord told Y’hoshua NOT to be afraid – now that the sin in the camp had been taken care of. We sin. We ALL sin – and when we do, bad things happen. But when we repent and ask forgiveness, things can go back to ‘normal’. Except – there is always a price to pay, forgiven or not. One family of Judah was gone forever. Completely wiped out. That was a tremendous loss. A murderer can be caught, placed in jail and sentenced to death. What if they repent, ask forgiveness of G-d and the victim’s family? Yes, G-d will forgive them and they will spend eternity with Him – BUT most likely, they will still have to pay the penalty here for what they did. They can witness to others on Death Row and lead them to teshuvah (repent with the intention of never doing it again) But they will still die!

Thirty thousand warriors went up to Ai and this time won the battle and 12,000 people were slaughtered! G-d allowed them to take the spoil and the cattle for themselves. (Reward for obedience?) These are hard things to understand. Maybe we never will. All I can say is, if they left anyone alive, even the youngest ones, one day down the road they most likely would have rebelled and turned against the Israelites and would be a ‘thorn in their sides’ forever! G-d doesn’t make mistakes and whatever He says is right, no matter how hard it seems to us.

Y’hoshua built an altar to the Lord and sacrifices were made. I’m sure they worshipped the Lord at that time, even though Scripture does not record it. Y’hoshua read every word of Torah to the people. It specifically mentions the foreigners among them., proving once again there is no separation between races when you give your life to the Lord. All are treated the same – receiving good and bad at the Lord’s hand.

Chapter 9

The entire countryside, from the all the coasts along the Mediterranean Sea clear up to Lebanon, heard what had happened at these cities and the people were terrified but they decided to come as one against the Bnei Yisrael – the Children of Israel. One group of peoples – the Gibeonites, from three days away, came up with a clever plan. They dressed in raggy clothes and worn out shoes. They made themselves look as if they had traveled a very long way and approached Y’hoshua, pretending to have come from a far off country and had heard about G-d’s people. They said they had come to make a covenant with them. Y’hoshua did not consult with G-d about this and was tricked into making peace with them. They left happy! Soon their secret was found out, as all secrets are sooner or later and they got caught. However, since the covenant was made in good faith – even with such a lie involved, Y’hoshua would not break his word. The Gibeonites were allowed to live and be slaves to the Israelites. They worked as woodcutters and water drawers for generations. This was the curse they received. When we lie and deceive, there is always a terrible price to pay and it lasts on and on! Best thing to do is repent and ask the Lord to forgive you and then make Him Lord of your life! Many people believe in G-d! But that’s not enough! Even the devil himself believes in G-d. Won’t do HIM any good! If we love Him, we are to keep His commandments – Torah – all that applies to us today.

The ABCs of salvation are:
Admit that you are a sinner. All have sinned and come short of the glory of G-d. Ask G-d’s forgiveness. Romans 10:13
Believe on the Lord Y’shua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) and thou shalt be saved. John 3:16 Become a child of G-d by receiving Y’shua. John1:12
Confess that Y’shua is the Lord of your life (Romans 10:9) and that you will obey Him. He said, “If you love me – keep My commandments.

…..to be continued.

See you next time!
Shalom Sharaka
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