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Then they went back to Ai, now this time under the direction of the Lord. Joshua sent part of the army around the other side of the city to hide in ambush. And then he said, "We'll come to the city like before and attack it with a frontal attack, and then we'll pretend like we are retreating as before. We'll start running and let them chase us. And after they've all come out and chase after us, then you fellows come from your hiding places and take the city."
So Joshua sent some of his troops around behind the city to lie in wait. And so in the morning, he with his troops came up to the gates of the city, and the king came out against them with his men. And Joshua and his men began to retreat. And the king called all of the men out to pursue them, "Let's wipe them out this time". And they began to pursue Joshua and his men. And they began to run back towards Jericho, and then after all of the men were drawn out of the city, Joshua raised his spear, and the men were hiding in wait. When they saw the signal, they came swooping upon the city that was devoid of men. And they set the city afire, and as soon as they saw the smoke from the city rising, then Joshua and his men stood firm and they started to fight, and these fellows turned around. And they saw the city in flames and their heart was gone, no more heart to fight. And the men of Ai, and the city of Ai, and Bethel were then taken by Joshua and by his troops. Guided now by the Lord, they are successful.
Doing it and trying to do it by their own ingenuity they failed, by their own abilities. But now directed by God they experienced the victory.
So they came then to Mount Ebal, they moved on through. Now we're on about the middle of the land. Mount Gerezim and Mount Ebal, and there as they were commanded to do "When you come into the land you're to stand there in the valley, you're to read the law of the Lord to the people.
And verse thirty-four,
Afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. And there was not a word that Moses commanded, which Joshua did not read before all the congregation of Israel, with the woman, and the little ones, the strangers that were conversant among them ( Joshua 8:34-35 ).
So they told them the conditions by which they would be blessed of God, the conditions that would bring the curse of God. The conditions by which they could be established in the land, the conditions by which they would be driven from the land. The blessings, the cursings all conditional upon their obedience to the commandment of the Lord.
So we get next week into chapter nine. Shall we stand?
May the Lord be with you and bless you, give you a good day tomorrow. May He strengthen you by His hand. May your life just really stand out as a unique, beautiful example for Jesus Christ. God keep you from the accursed thing, that could spoil your witness and your testimony. May you enter into a new dimension of relationship with Him, walking after the Spirit, experiencing more and more of the neat joys of the victory of Christ within your life, as He gives you victory in those areas where you have been struggling so long in vain. May you begin to really enter into the glorious victory through the power of God's Spirit. May the Lord be with you and give you and your family just a very special, beautiful day as you celebrate God's love, and the gift of God's love, Jesus Christ. We love you, and we thank God for the privilege of serving you, representing Him, feeding you in the knowledge of Him. What a joy. What a blessing, what a privilege. "
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Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Joshua 8". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19