They Became Like That Which They Took

Read the Bible in a year by reading Joshua 7 and 8 today.
Israel entered the land of Canaan centuries after God promised to give it to Abraham’s descendants. The children of Israel waited in Egypt for over four centuries until the time was right to enter the land. They traveled for forty years in the land between Egypt and the land of Canaan. Then it happened, they enter the Promised Land. Their first attack was a glorious success. They came to the second city, but the small army of Ai humiliated the army of Israel.
What went wrong? How was it that God delivered weaponless Israel out of Egypt, provided for them in the wilderness, brought them into the land of Canaan, and led them to victory at the first city, but then they suffered a humiliating defeat? Here is part of God’s explanation, “Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you” (James 7:12).
When Israel attacked Jericho, everything in it was dedicated to the Lord. Israel was not allowed to take anything for themselves. God always gets the first fruits. However, a man by the name of Achan took some things, bringing a curse on Israel.
When we do not give God the first fruits, we cannot expect Him to bless us. If a congregation allows sin to go unchecked within it, that church cannot expect God to bless it.

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