Joshua 7:5 No Acceptable Loss

Joshua 7:5
And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.


The first attempt by Israel to take Ai involved two to three thousand men and resulted not only in their defeat but the loss of thirty-six lives. That’s approximately 1-2% and would probably be considered an acceptable loss in most operations of combat.


It was obviously not acceptable to Joshua. It was not acceptable to those families most closely affected. These thirty-six had:

  • parents
  • uncles
  • brothers and
  • sisters

They very probably had

  • wives and
  • children

They were not only soldiers but

  • citizens of Israel
  • members of their tribe in Israel and
  • relatives of their family in that tribe


With their loss came the loss of hopes, futures and industry. Their wives would need comfort. Their children would need instruction. They would not be there to claim their portion of the Promised Land. They would not be there to help increase their tribes opportunities in the Land.


They are lost.


All because one man chose disobedience, selfishness and covetousness.


Some would accuse Achan’s punishment of being harsh. Why death? Why his family? Why his goods with him? Because this one man’s actions, and his family’s decision to help him in the act, stole all these and more:

  • from the thirty-six
  • from their families and
  • from the promises of God


For this and more than 3000 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2007.

Joshua 7:5 Consequences of sin

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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