Psalms: 53, 54
Joshua: The LORD had promised that the city of Ai would be defeated. Earlier (in chapter 7) the spies Joshua had sent out reported that Ai and Bethel would not need nearly as many men as had the conquest of Jericho. Turns out the spies were wrong, and the Israelites turned tail and ran away. Who said “never let a crisis go to waste? Well, the LORD certainly did not let this one go to waste. The LORD’s strategy was for the Israelites to form ranks both before and behind the city, feign fear and cowardice, turn and run as before and the rear guard would swamp the city and everything there.