Summary: In Joshua 7 Israel suffers a humiliating defeat at the hands of the enemy. Their dreams of possesing Canaan, their inheritance, appeared to be lost.This sermon tells us about how to restore our dreams again.

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Joshua 7:2-5 Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, “Go up and spy out the country.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.3 And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not weary all the people there, for the people of Ai are few.”4 So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai.5 And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water.

What do you do when your dreams are shattered?

In Joshua God’s people have finally crossed over to take possession of the land. They erected memorial stones an object lesson of what God had done for them. In Chapter 7 we read about the defeat at Ai and its reasons. This sermon will deal on the outcome of that defeat. “Their hearts melted like wax”, “they turned their backs to the enemy”, “The enemy routed or broke them at Shebarim”. Their memorial stones were broken, their dreams shattered but right before them in the meaning of the names and the symbols of places came the answer to restoring broken dreams.

Today’s Christian is a living stone being built into a spiritual house. We are personally and corporately the memorial of God and we to suffer broken dreams. Let’s dream again the dreams of God!

Joshua 4:21-24 “And he spoke unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, what mean these stones?" "Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land." "For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:" "That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever."

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

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Meaning to be broken and fractured specifically of dreams. After the repulse of the first attack on their city the men of Ai chased the Israelites "even unto Shebarim" (Joshua 7:5). The Revised Version margin reads "the quarries"; so Keil, Steuernagel, etc. Septuagint reads "until they were broken," i.e. until the rout was complete.

Here Israel was broken and routed by the enemy from Ai, the Amorites their dreams were shattered.


Meaning a heap or hill of ruins or waste. To commit iniquity. If you battle a stronghold better make sure they don’t have a hold on you, this was the cause of their defeat sin in the camp


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