December 28, 2017

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Reading along with us in Joshua? Here’s today’s reading:

Joshua 7 (ESV)

But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel.

Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out Ai. And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.” So about three thousand men went up there from the people. And they fled before the men of Ai, and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water....Continue Reading

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  1. I see that Achan confesses what he did and admits it was wrong; do you think that if Achan repented from what he did he could have avoided his fate and been forgiven? Or was Achan simply too far gone at this point?

  2. 26And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor

  3. What a good lesson about the nature of desire and how it can lead us to bad places and the consequences that come from it. Who of us can’t understand the appeal of the things that Achan took? It kind of reminds me of the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden. So many good things around that God favors and allows, yet He restricts certain things for reasons that are sometimes obvious and sometimes they are not, but we are called to trust and obey His standards and not our own. Joshua warned the people not to take plunder from the city. It was to be devoted to God since He had provided the victory and the Israelites were to be shown that life is about His glory and not about their wealth. Once we follow our own direction then we are on our own and separated from God’s power and provision.

    That is what causes Israel’s defeat and the men who were killed died as a consequence of Achan’s sin. It is interesting that when Joshua comes before the Lord and bows low to figure out what has caused this, the Lord says get up, why are you on your face, you should know the reason this has happened is because of Israel’s sin. I wonder what Acahn was thinking as the tribes, clans and families were called? He knew it was him, why did he wait to confess? Wrong desire always tries to convince us we can get away with it. I too wonder Sarah if Achan had admitted his sin before he got caught, if he would have been spared. We certainly know that confession, agreeing with God about the wrong we have done is a powerful dynamic throughout Scripture. 1 John 1:9 certainly reinforces its priority in OUR lives, as believers in Jesus. But Achan is not really confessing here. He is getting caught, and there is a big difference between the two. And God is serious about His standards. He is serious about the reasons He gives them and the things He intends to teach and reveal by giving them. So when we defy them, we should not be surprised if the consequences and discipline is severe.

    That is certainly what we see here. And although God’s policies are different in the church age, His character is the same and so this account still stands as a lesson for a us to reign in our passions because they will often lead us outside the will and provision of God.

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