I read this tonight in the CBS News website and immediately saw a parallel to what the Hebrews experienced in Ai, when they went down to defeat at the hands of a numerically inferior force, after the fall of Jericho:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attempted to take responsibility for the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 in a series of interviews on Monday. Speaking with reporters, she said the blame should rest with her office.”I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11, Clinton told CNN after arriving in Lima, Peru, for a visit. Clinton gave several interviews to U.S. television networks Monday night, and it was the first private response she has given about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in eastern Libya.Clinton insisted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not involved in security decisions, according to CNN.”I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha,” she told the cable news network, noting that it is close to the election.In speaking with CBS News, Clinton expressed personal regret for Ambassador Stevens’ death.
Many of you may remember the resounding, miraculous victory God delivered to the Hebrews at Jericho, in exchanged for their obedience to His commands. This went well to a point. The walls came down and the armies of the Lord went into the terrified city of three-quarters of a million and slaughtered every man, woman, child, and animal within the city walls.
The scales went the other way when a soldier, probably the leader of a large part of this army, Achan, decided to go against God’s decree and take some of the “forbidden” things in the city: Some gold, silver, and a fancy robe from Babylon. The entire plan went perfectly until Ai, a short time later. Interestingly, Achan in Hebrew is the word for TROUBLE!
Joshua lost at Ai for a couple of reasons: First, he received no command from God, with Whom he had developed a close relationship, thinking that it would be easy to take a much smaller city than Jericho. Second, and most importantly, was that Achan introduced an egregious sin into the camp of the Hebrews, where God also dwelled. He did this by stealing from God at Jericho. God would have none of that.
After the defeat, Joshua pleaded with God to tell him what had gone wrong and God told him what he needed to do to rid the camp of the sin that Achan introduced.
An investigation ensued and Achan was finally exposed. Gently, yet firmly, Joshua asked him what he did and Achan spilled the whole sordid tale. How he got others, especially his own family, to conceal the conspiracy. In the end, Achan and all of his family, his livestock, and his belongings were taken out of the camp and destroyed by their Hebrew neighbors.
I get this feeling about the disastrous situation in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/12. With the public outcry building to a crescendo, and the threats of investigations, and denials by the President, Vice-President, and various others in the White House, it’s too convenient for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to come out with her confession, when the facts are already established. It’s hollow beyond words and an affront to the families of those who died.
Besides, who cares about political gotchas when people are paying with currency far more precious than political clout!
The Beltway is the curse of our nation and they should all be ashamed for what they have allowed to become of our God-given nation.
Think of these things tomorrow night when you consider the presentations of two men who want to lead our country for the next four years.
One way or the other, we will get the government we deserve.