Y'hoshua (Joshua) Chapter 7

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Zayin – focal point of sustenance and struggle.

Y’hoshua 7:1 But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Akan (Achan), the son of Karmi (Carmi), the son of Zavdi (Zabdi), the son of Zerach (Zerah), from the tribe of Y’hudah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the L-RD burned against the sons of Israel.

This was the command give to all Israel before they invaded Yericho (Jericho).

Y’hoshua 6:18 And you, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest you make yourselves accursed, when you take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

Y’hoshua 7:2-5 Now Y’hoshua sent men from Yericho (Jericho) to Ai, which is near Beit-Aven (Beth-aven), east of Beit-El (Bethel), and said to them, "Go up and spy out the land." So the men went up and spied out Ai. And they returned to Y’hoshua and said to him, "Do not let all the people go up; only about two or three thousand men need go up to Ai; do not make all the people toil up there, for they are few." So about three thousand men from the people went up there, but they fled from the men of Ai. And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six of their men, and pursued them from the gate as far as Sh’varim (Shebarim), and struck them down on the descent, so the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

Because of the sin of one man the entire nation suffered the consequences.

Job 1:10 "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

Like Job the nation of Israel had a Hedge of Protection around them that was temporarily removed when Akan sinned.

Notice that when they first went into the Promised Land they were careful to follow G-d’s leading. Now they are feeling a bit cocky and are rushing out to conquer the city of Ai.

Y’hoshua 7:6-7 Then Y’hoshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the L-RD until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. And Y’hoshua said, "Alas, O L-rd G-D, why did you ever bring this people over the Yarden (Jordan), only to deliver us into the hand of the Emori (Amorites), to destroy us? If only we had been willing to dwell beyond the Yarden (Jordan)!

The tradition of tearing ones clothes was to show a person was in deep despair. Many people of the G-d of Israel have done the same in time of despair. I mentioned before that the actions of people in the Tanakh would be symbolic and would try to tell something to the person watching. One excellent case among many mentioned before is Ezekiel lying on his side to symbolize Israel in the future, etc. It was a short-time prophecy.

So what was the tearing of the clothes in despair for many generations a foreshadowing of?

A foreshadowing of our Messiah in distress while His clothes were torn! The only thing they did not tear was His tunic.

Yochanan (John) 19:23-24 The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified Yeshua, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. They said therefore to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be"; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots."

This was a fulfilling of prophecy in His word.

Tehillim (Psalms) 22:18 They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

Y’hoshua was discouraged and in despair. When we are discouraged and in despair, He remains faithful.

2 Timothy 2:12-13 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

If you think the battle belongs to only the men in battle you are sadly mistaken. Without Yeshua we can do nothing. Even the Son without the Father can do nothing.

Yochanan (John) 5:19 Yeshua therefore answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

Sometimes even Yeshua’s human nature became discouraged like Y’hoshua.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 27:46 About the ninth hour Yeshua cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-which means, "My G-d, my G-d, why have you forsaken me?"

Y’hoshua 7:8-9 "O L-rd, what can I say since Israel has turned their back before their enemies? "For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?"

The L-rd’s honor was at stake here. He gave a promise to be with Y’hoshua and to bless him and Israel. Yeshua also promises never to leave us or forsake us. He promises to supply our needs according to His riches in glory in Yeshua HaMashiach.

He also promises greater blessings in the future.

1 Corinthians 2:9 but just as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that G-d has prepared for those who love Him."

This is His word for those that are His. If it was not so what kind of testimony would that be to others. His name is at stake. He also promises to finish the work He began in us to completion.

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Yeshua HaMashiach;

The gift of eternal salvation is a promise of G-d through His Son regardless of our sins. This is a promise. The new covenant is unconditional. . He will also take away some of the consequences for our sin away because of His mercy. . Many times the brightness of His mercy shines the brightest on the backdrop of sin in our lives. Many times He works all things to work out for the good in our lives.

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that G-d causes all things to work together for good to those who love G-d, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brothers; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Y’hoshua 7:10-15 So the L-RD said to Y’hoshua, "Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? "Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things. Therefore the sons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, for they have become accursed. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst. Rise up! Consecrate the people and say, 'Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, for thus the L-RD, the G-d of Israel, has said," There are things under the ban in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you have removed the things under the ban from your midst. " 'In the morning then you shall come near by your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which the L-RD takes by lot shall come near by families, and the family which the L-RD takes shall come near by households, and the household which the L-RD takes shall come near man by man. 'And it shall be that the one who is taken with the things under the ban shall be burned with fire, he and all that belongs to him, because he has transgressed the covenant of the L-RD, and because he has committed a disgraceful thing in Israel.' "

The G-d of Israel still promises to bless Y’hoshua and Israel but some were being led astray. The L-rd told Y’hoshua to weed out the chaff from the wheat. Sometimes we have to turn away from a certain sin and deal with it before the L-rd can bless us in a certain area. Sometimes the consequences of sin may even lead to death. He is sovereign over our lives. If we continue to go astray we may be burnt up and cast away from being used.

Yochanan (John) 15:6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

This means their lives are taken away. This does not mean we can lose our eternal salvation because it was not based on our works in the first place. Our works may be burnt up too.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 According to the mercy of G-d which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Yeshua HaMashiach. Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.

As you can see the person is still eternally saved but some of his works are burnt up.

When the moment we become His, we are sealed until the day of redemption. Our eternal life is forever secure!

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve Ruach HaKodesh of G-d, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Y’hoshua 7:16-21 So Y’hoshua arose early in the morning and brought Israel near by tribes, and the tribe of Y’hudah was taken. And he brought the family of Y’hudah near, and he took the family of the Zarchi (Zerahites); and he brought the family of the Zarchi (Zerahites) near man by man, and Zavi (Zabdi) was taken. And he brought his household near man by man; and Achan, son of Karmi (Carmi), son of Zavi (Zabdi), son of Zerach (Zerah), from the tribe of Y’hudah, was taken. Then Y’hoshua said to Akan (Achan), "My son, I implore you, give glory to the L-RD, the G-d of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me." So Akan (Achan) answered Y’hoshua and said, "Truly, I have sinned against the L-RD, the G-d of Israel, and this is what I did: when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and look, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it. "

If you love the L-rd you will obey His commandments. It seemed they loved gold and silver more than the L-rd.

Yochanan (John) 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.

Luke 16:13 "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both G-d and Money."

1 Timothy 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on G-d, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

Y’hoshua 7:22-26 So Y’hoshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and look, it was concealed in his tent with the silver underneath it. And they took them from inside the tent and brought them to Y’hoshua and to all the sons of Israel, and they poured them out before the L-RD. Then Y’hoshua and all Israel with him, took Akan (Achan) the son of Zerach (Zerah), the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Akhor (Achor). And Y’hoshua said, "Why have you troubled us? The L-RD will trouble you this day." And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. And they raised over him a great heap of stones that stands to this day, and the L-RD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the valley of Akhor (Achor) to this day.

His family members were co-conspirators with Akhor. They helped him hide his guilt and did not tell the others. So they suffered the consequences of their sin along with him. This may seem harsh but because of their sin others had died in battle.