Ai Destroyed/Gibeionite Deception/Southern Campaign
Passage: Read Joshua 8-10
Introduction: As we have seen in chapter 7, Israel suffered defeat at Ai because of Achan's sin. Now that the sin has been dealt with, God will give Israel the victory. After the victory at Ai, Joshua built an altar unto the Lord at Mount Ebal, and he read from the Book of the Law; the blessings and the curses. The Gibeonites were next in line for conquest, but they devised a clever deceptive plan to trick the Israelites into making a treaty with them. Because of their deceit, the Gibeonites were cursed to be woodcutters and water carriers for the entire community all the days of their lives. Joshua moves on to conquer the five kings of the Amorites and continues the campaign in the south by the destruction of Makkedah, Lachish, Libnah, Eglon, Hebron, and Debir. We also read of another miraculous miracle from God-the sun stood still!
1. What differences do we see between the second attack on Ai and the first attack?
2. What comparisons can we make between Ai and our sinful nature (flesh)?
3. (vv. 30-31) Why did Joshua build the altar on Mount Ebal? (Deuteronomy 11:26-30; 27:1-8)
4. (vv. 7-13) What factors made the Gibeonite deception so convincing to the Israelites?
5. (vs. 14) How can we guard ourselves against deceptive alliances (i.e. devil)? (Colossians 2:8)
6. (vs. 8) The Lord tells Joshua, "Do not be afraid of them." After miraculously crossing the Jordan and conquering Jericho and Ai, why would Joshua need this reassurance?
7. In spite of past victories, in what areas do you need to be reassured of God's presence and power?
By Kevin Haag. © New Testament Christian. Website: new-testament-christian.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.