1. Application

Wanting everything under our control

1 Kings 16:34 (ESV)

34 In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.

The city was to remain unwalled. The human element in the text is that man wants everything under his control, rather than trusting in God and his promises (and threats).