“He wrote there … a copy of the law” (8:32)
Significantly after the victory and death of the king of Ai, Joshua builds an altar . It was the first altar and indeed the first thing that was built in the land. How precious to the Lord it is when the victories He gives to us are marked with the sacrifice of thanksgiving. It was made of uncut stones so as not to be polluted by the hand of man. It was built in Ebal where cursings had been read out a short time before (Deuteronomy 27:13, etc). A copy of the law was written and read out in its entirety before the whole nation. Thus, the defeat which had be turned to victory, underlined by sacrifice and the written word, which was read out; all of this served as a very sober lesson so that no-one should forget. Sadly, we forget all too quickly. Having God’s word emphasised over and over, again and again is a very good thing so that past mistakes should not be repeated. We should learn too from other great men and pioneers in the church, being instructed by their life and example.
PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that Your word shows us the way to blessing and victory.”