God’s work…God’s glory…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Joshua 6:11-19

 

 So he caused the ark of the LORD to circle the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.

 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.

 And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets blew continually.

 And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.

 On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.

 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city.

 And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the LORD for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.

 But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it.

 But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD.”

 

The people of Israel are warned that God’s wrath comes upon the whole company for the error committed by one. We can bring God’s displeasure upon our whole group of fellowship if one of us does something contrary to God’s command. This side of God is not often presented. We have salvation; but we can still be subject to God’s discipline. God’s people had His assurance of victory; but they were warned of consequences for disobedience. With the release to shout! victory! came a serious warning. We have victory but that does not make us untouchable…It is so very important to be alert and aware; to the words and actions of those we affiliate ourselves with and our own words and actions. God’s people’s’ victory shout was tempered with a reminder that we are to follow God’s command and give Him the glory. Premature shouting would have been an open door to self-glorification and gloating. We must avoid taking credit for what God has done.

 

The temptation to keep what was not theirs would also have been great for a people wandering the past 40 years in the wilderness. They would want the ‘spoils’ of the victory. However, this victory was God’s not theirs and the perceived ‘spoils’ were God’s not theirs. They were to do with the ‘spoils’ what God required of them. When we are given the victory over a battle in our lives, the ‘spoils’ like the victory belong to God. We need to be sure we are following all of God’s commands. Taking credit for any victory would be to usurp the glory due God.

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