• Read v18 again: “Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Stretch out the javelin that is in your hand towards Ai, for I will give it into your hand'”. As we saw in the opening verses of chapter 8, God has reassured His people that they do not need to fear and that He will give Ai into their hands. This […]

  • In v1, God says to Joshua and to Israel: “I have given into your hand …” In v2, He says to them: “… its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves”. These words – coming straight after what we have seen in chapter 7 – highlight how completely pointless Achan’s covetousness was! Achan saw; and coveted; […]

  • Are you shocked as you read the closing verses of this chapter? It was not only Achan but also his family, livestock and possessions that suffered the extreme punishment (v24, 25). Such severity will disturb some of us, but we need to ask why such a seemingly harsh penalty? Verse 15 contains the answer, especially the second half of the […]