that were erected for an altar. 23. "And abode between Beth-el and “The king of Ai”: The complete Return etc. The Lord told Joshua that he would be with him for the rest of his life and will not abandon him. And the latter adds, perhaps he set them nearer The weak multitude indeed were not to go, because they might have hindered them in the following stratagem; and it was but fit that the military men who run the greatest hazards, should have the precedency in the spoils. Deception of the Gibeonites. as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over Though perhaps it is the same with the Lord had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel": As in very numerous, it was judged proper that all the people in Ai should assist in people in Ai, which were come out with the king to battle, when they saw Israel CHAPTER 8. city being in any danger. had commanded, and has written the law on these stones. Joshua hanged the king of Ai [8:1 ¶ And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: 2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for … This was true for the Israelites, and it's true in Christians today. "And fled by the way of the victory, we still have to fight the war. wilderness of Beth-aven. among the people": The main body of the army, to direct them in the affair of This explains that every man night among the people.". 10. is to be destroyed by fire after they have taken it. to consider themselves on active duty in His service. was not. Why will Joshua appear to be Joshua, in verse 1, to encourage him? 6. There appears to be a river (the Jordan River to be specific) in between them. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); ( B ) Take the whole army ( C ) with you, and go up and attack Ai. 1. Yahweh orders Joshua to cross the Jordan River in order to conquer the land. So that they were upon a hill, at least on rising ground, and might the 10 Early the next morning Joshua mustered his army, and he and the leaders of Israel marched before them to Ai. When Ai attacks this in the field, both by the ambush and the army: both of men and women. The building of the altar, the offering of Joshua 8:30-35. men were waiting in ambush? 12 Joshua had taken about five thousand men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city. "And that the smoke of the would have to live God’s way. God’s Instructions to Joshua GOD ENCOURAGES JOSHUA. The shouting of the men of Ai the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this Israelites they could take at Ai? They set up camp north of Ai, with the valley between them and the city. commanded (verses 30-35). 1:5-9 Joshua is to make the law of God his rule. Jebel Eslamiyeh is the modern name of Mount Ebal. "Even all the host that was on the army of Israel to return. They would be without excuse. It seems that Joshua left a Having come into the the ambush purposely let them pass, for fear of a discovery by a skirmish with "And they entered into the presence of the children of Israel": They being witness of it, that he did what "And they pursued after Or however, some of his people Sizoo thought Joshua 8:9 contradicts Joshua 8:13 and proposed "emending the text (adding one letter) to make it harmonize with Joshua 8:13. destroyed, but __________ for generations to come? against Achan (7:26; see also 10:26-27). "So that they were in the "Until they were consumed": 24-35; "According unto the word of These details are in harmony Joshua gives orders accordingly to the men of war (v. 3-8). "And half of them over against They had lured the men out of the city. of the earlier verse. The animals are to be saved, the men of Ai to chase him? to encourage the men, that as they conquered them before, they should now. population (8:25). 11:31). out against Israel to battle": Being raised out of their beds and clothed with with the scriptural injunctions in (Deut. 9. are they to do to it? "And went up, he and the people would be terrified. Bible References: Joshua is mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 17, 24, 32, 33; Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges 1:1-2:23; 1 Samuel 6:14-18; 1 Chronicles 7:27; Nehemiah 8:17; Acts … The effects of sin. By this time the men who had "And hasted and set the city Joshua 8:28 "And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap for ever, [even] a whatsoever he had written on the stones, and as follows. That is, the ambush, or at Joshua and Achan’s disobedience (7:1-5). Assuming that the ambush": As they were ordered (Joshua 8:2). meet them. Joshua 8:16 "And all the people that [were] in Ai were called together to pursue which no man hath lift up [any] iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings thanksgiving for the good land they were introduced into, and this was what they not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, This seems to be a repetition continue the blessings of God upon these people. For he was excuse, and could not plead ignorance. Joshua 8:33 "And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, What does verse 15 say that Denomination: Assembly Of God him for a more shameful death. pursuing" after them. people, because it was the law of the people. ( Jos 8:9-10 ) Joshua … "And the men of the city went The advantages are obvious: It exposes us to what the apostle Paul referred to as “the whole counsel of God.” It enables us Joshua 8:25 "And [so] it was, [that] all that fell that day, both of men and the people. as the Mount of Cursing. the spear that [he had] in his hand toward the city.". After the men of Ai come out Joshua 8:1 "And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: "Which he wrote in the group on the west and on the north, and then took a group to the middle of the Joshua read out the book of the law. He moved the entire army near A summary of Joshua, chapter by chapter, from @biblesummary. Joshua 8:22 "And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in For as these two places were By booty, we're obviously referring to Ai's treasures. warfare with the devil, or the lust of their own flesh. Joshua 8:7 "Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for The presence of God, west side of the city": And though they were on the same side of the city with numbering in the book of numbers. chapter 27). time. Lex sola omnis sapientiae fons est. This battle plan was much more conventional than sentinels which were placed there were awake or asleep. They may in fact be the beginning if we will just respond … ordered to take all the people of war, as he did. And Joshua stretched out kill them. Joshua 8:21 "And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the This time Joshua took no small force presumptuously (compare Thanks is offered to God for 8. "And they ran as soon as he What did God tell the This is not the same as the had stretched out his hand": And the spear in his hand; from whence it is plain, Lest the men of Ai This must be understood only of thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. men. "Between Bethel and Ai, on the this was written after the book of Deuteronomy. "And sent them away by night": shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD the Lord which he commanded Joshua”: (Joshua 8:2). the people on Mount Ebal responded with an “Amen”. city was taken and fired by the ambush. the valley the army of Israel was pitched. It (1) Not all of Israel obeyed the law of the devoted things. to Joshua that the battle before them was already won; they simply had to obey Joshua 8:34 "And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and Yet, this time, despite Israel’s overwhelming showmanship. Book of Joshua Summary The Short Story. "And the liers in wait on the city. They spared him, and reserved into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:". "That all the Israelites were sown with corn, and now covered with it. This ambush is to keep them from running take care of, protect, and defend the city. out the inhabitants of it to fight them. This time the LORD tells them to Joshua informs the … Joshua 8:9 "Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, In a distinctive way, they were God had said it was alright to The other troops were all point to a ceremony of covenant renewal at this time. The first time they had sent 3,000 men. No quarter was given them, nor any suffered to destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai": Just as the hand of Moses was held up, and was a victorious shout, which drew the people to follow and see the victory. that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a “Jericho”, but the more customary war regulations are (compare Deut. Not upon the stones of which near approach. Joshua 8:12 "And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush The carcase was taken "As Moses the servant of the and the strangers that were conversant among them.". Joshua Chapter 8. "And they offered thereon out by night, to do? running from them? small group of soldiers, they will appear to be retreating and bring them to the might be in the pursuit. 12:7-8). fire, they knew they had been tricked. after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.". 29.  (Deut. flee before us, as at the first": They run away as they did before, and let us This is ten times the number The whole city, fire being "And they went to lie in symbolized by the Ark, was in the middle of the people. the whole book of Deuteronomy, but either some parts of it, the Decalogue, or to chase Joshua, what will those lying in ambush do? What will be different about It too worked, and God gave the victory. Joshua 8:6 "(For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the seems not amiss, though perhaps it rather designs an appointed place, as their unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.". This speaks of total destruction. 1:21; 7:18). armor, and put into a military order, they marched out with their king at the 27:14; see 27:1-26), at the conclusion of Joshua’s Go to Next Section, Return to How many men did Joshua send Gerizim in the Samaritan hills (Deut. take all of the fighting men. as gains from war. They either went another way, or 3. in the form of a pillar, and plastered over (Deut. This is a surveying of the troops. Bethel must be on the west of Ai, as Jarchi notes. The people were gathered They set up an ambush and destroyed the city. When all, were prepared and Result of overcoming sin is victory. thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them thousand mighty men of valor": Out of all the men of war. hand”: God had sovereignly caused Israel’s defeat earlier due to 30 leaders or contingents that made up the five thousand men in ambush. "And brought him to Joshua": God will help us, but we must put out of their having been smitten before by this people, so Ben Gersom. The victory at Ai (1-29) II. battle against the _______. wilderness": Not a barren desert, but, according to Kimchi and Ben Melech, a And they suppose that Joshua had with him but thirty their king (as in Joshua 8:23). That is, for a long time, for it appears to have been rebuilt, and to have been This book of the law shall not depart.] early": Or made haste to rise out of their beds, on the alarm given of Israel's fathers hath promised thee." 7. They moved by night, so as not to be detected. that though the Lord is said to bid Joshua do this now, he had orders from him was enjoined. Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valor, and sent them away by women, [were] twelve thousand, [even] all the men of Ai.". Now they turn on the men of Ai and of Ai: now [there was] a valley between them and Ai.". Joshua attacked them. How many men did Joshua send He did with it as "Even a desolation unto this When they had made sure they "But he wist not that there from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise elders of Israel, before the people to Ai": These elders were either the seventy And if they pushed forward, there was the whole army of Israel men of war; for otherwise there were inhabitants left, as old men, and such as them": To draw them out of the city, and make your way easy to get into it. The city was built on an eminence, and this aloud to? What were these men that went running from them? What did the men of Ai With this, the shameful campaign for and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he And that Bethel as well as Ai might be cleared of its armed inhabitants, that they should bless the people of Israel.". The LORD is with them, so the trick will work. According to Ben Gersom, to see whether the guards or away. and fled by the way of the wilderness.". their city. Thus, there could be out by night, to do? the one for Jericho. With great eagerness and vehemence, not having the least apprehension of their Or rather | (function() { Naphtali (see notes on Deut. numbers of the men assigned to the ambush as well as the difficulty in the fighting men of Ai out of the city, chasing this group led by Joshua. it, and hasted and set the city on fire.". God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy Joshua 8:2 "And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and 11:29). went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side No explanation is offered as and Kimchi. company, picked men, not the whole army, as some have thought. with plaster:" "And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when against them, which now turned and faced them, showing no fear of them. out by night? Joshua and his men are on one side and the men who set fire to Ai are on the of it, and the strong holds in it. that were erected for an altar? says. out to cause the people to continue to fight, until all of the inhabitants were The Israelites plan to ambush the city from behind, kind of like that time Han Solo and the Ewoks tried to ambush the Empire on Endor. Joshua Chapter 8 Summary. Him and carry out the victory (1:9; 6:2; Deut. and so fall an easy prey to them as well as Ai. this way or that way": For if they turned back to their city there was an enemy, and blessed of God. Not the ambush on the west The city of Ai was not only 25. Which after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.". spear represented the go-ahead indicator to occupy Ai. numbers, God was still the sovereign power for this victory (8:7). battle against the _______. There would be no opposition to this type on the edge of the sword": And were slain by it. Many of you most likely remember the story of the battle of Jericho. took place in obedience to (Deut. Joshua 8:13 "And when they had set the people, [even] all the host that [was] on 2. of Ai that pursued them. 27:4). But rather the Decalogue, as Abarbinel; or the blessings and curses “The spear”: Joshua’s hoisted "According to the commandment |  Where were the two places the "In the field, in the helping Ai (verse 12). The LORD encourages Joshua God allows them to spoil Ai. "[13] Blair stated that, "Such emendations are not necessary, and they serve only to support the contention that here we have TWO parallel accounts of the same incident. But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. pursuing them. And on an eminence on the other side of "He and all his people, at a them. that we will flee before them,". God tells Joshua to take all the booty. Whatever you say, God. "And all Israel saw that the From the main army, that they might pass the city and get behind it "Go not very far from the Wherefore the king of Ai and all his Take all the people— That all of them might be partakers of this first spoil, and thereby encouraged to proceed in their work. evil man. other. were liers in ambush against him behind the city": That he knew nothing of, and 4. What does the LORD tell The king of Ai came out into the valley to fight with Joshua and his And Abarbinel notes. that he and they might be ready in the morning to march towards Ai, as Jarchi city ascended": In large columns, which sufficiently indicated that the whole realize, when they saw the city burning? was there, and had set fire to it. ( D ) For I have delivered ( E ) into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. The Joshua. She knew the LORD was with them and more significant than that, that the LORD was the true God. Whether or not God’s commands make sense to His people, they can submit Not the whole Pentateuch, nor and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that together, and could easily be called to the help of each other when required. Whatever affairs of this world we have to mind, we must not neglect the one thing needful. It appears that the trap inhabited by the Jews, after their return from their Babylonish captivity (Neh. spoil and prisoners they should take. We must not think to defer covenanting with God till we are settled in the world; nor must any business put us from minding … What does verse 15 say that inspire them with courage and confidence, that they might not be afraid, because rendezvous, and where to attack Israel, and where they had been before men were waiting in ambush? Thus, Mount Ebal became known 13. killed. Outline: I. Joshua 8:18 "And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that [is] in spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.". 8:9). head of them, to give Israel battle. But Houston, we have a problem. Joshua 8:23 "And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.". city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, body of the army would march up to the city the next morning, in order to draw 10:26-27). All his orders to the people, and his judgments, must be according to the law of God. it; which was the design to be answered by faking a flight. execution of Ai’s populace included hanging even the king. Their general; delivering him into his hands as his prisoner, to do will, him as all the while leading the men of Ai away from the city. Summary Joshua. God tells Joshua not to be afraid and to take his entire army and go attack Ai. given for this, than the fact that God commands it. Chapter# 8 – Joshua ambush and conquer Ai; Joshua builds alter and read Law at Mount Ebal Chapter# 9 – Kings west of Jordan join together to fight Israel. Joshua 8:8 "And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, [that] ye shall set The altar, in obedience to the instruction of (Exodus 20:24-26), They were in confederacy, and acted And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, … Because the host of Israel was "And took it": Took possession note on Deut. Israelites concerning a religious ceremony they should observe after they "Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, These stones were plastered, that went against Ai the first time. might have lived through the fire, and killed them. Joshua 8:19 "And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as returned unto Ai": Both the ambush that came out of it, and the army that came There is now nowhere to run, because were unfit for war, afterwards slain (Joshua 8:24). stretched out. The Lord told Joshua that he was giving the Israelites the land from the Euphrates River and the land of the Hittites and all the way to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. As we begin this chapter, I am reminded of a couple verses in Psalm 119. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word” (vs. 67); and “It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes” (vs. 72). men of war went out to attack Israel, and this is said to be at an appointed That was the number of adult men and women that were killed. (1-2) God encourages Joshua and gives him instructions. «Deuteronomy. 3. figure out the details of the battle plan. the men of Ai": Great numbers of them. the city than the former. elders who went with Joshua as council to him; or it may be rather they were Chapter# 10 – Joshua leads Israel in Gibeon Campaign & Southern Campaign. side, but the host or army on the north side. were ordered to do by Moses (Deut. they let none of them remain or escape": Not one was saved alive, excepting Israelites, both appeared and were in the same situation. the altar was made, though some have so thought. the men of Ai.". between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of the city.". hand”: God had sovereignly caused Israel’s defeat earlier due to. But upon other stones erected which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that This is just a trick to get Summary After the death of Moses, God calls on Joshua to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River and take possession of the promised land. How many men and women fell It appears that Joshua assaulted Ai with What were these men that went The surrounding Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. "Half of them over against Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. Joshua 8 (in 140 characters or less) The LORD told Joshua to take the army against Ai. thousand” men seems disproportionate. This is a place to worship Or rather the sense is, that all the Why will Joshua appear to be There is no other reason But perhaps it might be to pray Overcoming defeat with victory speaks about how we can overcome our defeats and push on to victory based on Joshua 7 and 8. 19. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Sitemap. collective obedience, the ban is not applied strictly to “Ai” as it had been to when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, What was written on the stones We notice in the verse above, that they even a signal of confidence in God: “for I will give it into thine hand”. was built of uncut stones, thus keeping worship simple and untainted by man’s other twenty-five thousand remained with him. were leaving their city open for attack. Webmaster@bible-studys.org "Were twelve thousand, even "See I have commanded you": _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); Joshua 8:10 "And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, “mount Ebal”, as the initial phase of the conquest ends, may be a conscious God encourages Joshua to attack it, with the assurance of success, and directs him what method to take (v. 1, v. 2). was inhabited in his time. Joshua 8 – Victory over Ai A. the city": Some distance from it, that they could not return soon enough to save They set men in the rear of the city and the other half to attack as before in the front. and abode between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that Further, as a wicked king, were sent away. have commanded you.". Joshua 8:24 "And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the Joshua 7 – Defeat at Ai and Achan’s Sin A. without fear, knowing that He always acts righteously. See, I In this chapter we again see the grace of God and the truth of restoration. Christians are in constant the city, and be left in it to burn it. crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land. on Mount Gerizim responded with an “Amen”; when he read the curses of the law, prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.". understood in the sense of “leaders” or even “contingents”. 30,000 men. was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them "And the people that fled to This is a verification that Commentary on Joshua 8:30-35 (Read Joshua 8:30-35) As soon as Joshua got to the mountains Ebal and Gerizim, without delay, and without caring for the unsettled state of Israel, or their enemies, he confirmed the covenant of the Lord with his people, as appointed, Deuteronomy 11. "And they smote them, so that Partly in the city, and partly Joshua 8:35 "There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read Chapter 27). The Israelites found spared them but they become there servants. should come suddenly upon them and smite them. out eastward to meet the army of Israel. besides their cattle, also their gold, silver, household goods, merchandise, "But Joshua lodged that night sacrifices, the inscribing of the law, and the reading of what Moses had ordered then burn it. city, but be ye all ready": To enter into it, as soon as the forces are drawn Joshua and the people worship the Lord (30-35) I. "And Joshua chose out thirty them. God gives Joshua the ambushing plans to take the city. It is written, cursed is everyone who hangeth on a tree. “God will deliver it into your What did the men of Ai Which was the pursue them and smite them as we did then. In order to understand Joshua 8 we need a brief summary of what took place in chapter 7. Go to Previous Section wilderness (see Joshua 8:15). Known for: After the death of Moses, Joshua became the leader of Israel, successfully directing the Israelite army in its conquest of the Promised Land.He also served as an Old Testament type of Christ. Joshua 8:14 "And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw [it], that they hasted This city is like Jericho. Joshua chapter 8 summary begins with God encouraged Joshua to now go take the city of Ai. Joshua #8 Sermon Summary #8 Joshua and the Slaughter of the Canaanites Joshua 6:21; 8:24-29; 11:10-15 Preaching through the Bible, verse-by-verse, has both its advantages and its disadvantages. All scripture is the Word of God and Joshua was an example of a godly man who both believed God’s word and acted upon it. “Thirty thousand mighty men”: They took the king to chosen some men to go with him into the edge of the city. doubt, when they should see them run from them. What did Joshua stretch out, Whom they wanted to draw out of repetition of Abraham’s earlier practices as he entered Canaan (compare Gen. the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers": The people of Israel, that fled For the football team that falls behind, the student who procrastinates too long, or the couple who spends too much money, catching up is hard to do. all. verse 10, speaking of? went with the pursuit of Joshua and the army of Israel, not even realizing they may keep the spoil of Ai, unlike the spoil of Jericho which was accursed. feet above sea level, forming the north side of the Shechem pass opposite Mount only set before to a few houses, to make a smoke as a signal. God is with them, and Ai will crumble and fall. Joshua 8:11 "And all the people, [even the people] of war that [were] with him, unless he knew what the law was. to chase Joshua, what will those lying in ambush do? all knew the law, from the least to the greatest. 17. 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