The destruction of Ai is followed immediately with the renewal of the covenant on Mount Ebal. Israel’s taking of the Promised Land was a unique case – it was not an example for any other people to follow. Remember what Rahab said to the spies. The people of Ai chose to reject what they themselves believed was the doing of God. The people of Gibeon did otherwise with very different results.
“There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the sojourners who lived among them.”
Here is all of God’s word being read to all of God’s people!
Joshua reads all the book of the law, the blessings and the curses. He reads every single word to all the people of Israel (men, women, children and non-Israelites).
This wasn’t a fifteen minute bible talk – It was the entirety of the word of God at that point in time.
Joshua was obedient under Moses, even after Moses was gone. He was not like Rehoboam who rejected wisdom (1 Kings 12:6-11). Instead he submitted with meekness (which is a noted characteristic of Moses).
How good is it then to then think that both Moses and Joshua both take after Jesus – Who models for all of us how we are to walk before the Lord!
He is the true man, the saviour of the world. He is God’s word become flesh, and through Him each day we are able to be fed by God’s word, the Spirit indelibly writing it on our hearts as we read it listen to His prompting and walk in obedience.
* God Above,
Thank You for Your word, which here in this passage we see so clearly upheld and promoted. That Joshua would read it in full before all of Your people is a wonderful encouragement to us – Thank You Lord!
And thank You that we can read Your word today. Please place it on our hearts, please show us, teach us, guide us – And may we listen and learn, trust and obey.