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Discern Covenant Responsibilities
The leaders tore their clothes and fell on their faces with shock, grief, and fear. What should have been an easy military victory turned out to be a disastrous and humiliating defeat. Now their entire military campaign and the very survival of their nation were in jeopardy.
Then God spoke to Joshua: “. . . Get thee up, wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them . . .” (Joshua 7:10–11). The entire nation of Israel was defeated because they violated their covenant with God. But what did they do? “. . . They have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies . . . because they were accursed: neither will I [God] be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed thing from among you” (Joshua 7:11–12).