When the Israelites took Jericho, they were commanded to not take plunder, but Achan failed at this and doomed the next conquest at Ai. God handled this insolence by having him killed. It is therefore significant that upon their next attempt, God alters the formula to include the taking of plunder. Here we see God giving grace and widening the cost of entry into his standards. Though a cost had to be paid for breaking the law before, God made way for human nature in the process. This can be seen in the battle plan he gives Joshua. Instead of a head in assault as before, he commands a tactic for battle with more guile. This would help the Israelites confirm that God was still on their side, despite the initial blunder at Ai previously. In both of these things, we see a god whose righteous standard makes way for people to enter it. He takes into account our frailties and fears and when we confess our sins and repent, he makes a way for us to live in that standard without discouragement.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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