THE SIN OF ACHAN
THE SIN OF ACHAN STUDY ON
THE SIN OF ACHAN STORY WITH
THE SIN OF ACHAN MESSAGE
Greetings and welcome back
to Daily Bread.
We've seen it happen time and again in our studies of the Bible, how
good things happen when people obey the Lord, and how transgressing from
His Word can bring no good. Such is the case in this story from the book
If you will recall, in the
last chapter, Joshua warned the children of Israel that if they took
anything at all out of the city of Jericho, other than that which the
Lord designated was Holy for the treasury, they would bring a curse upon
themselves as well as the camp of Israel.
Sometimes people think they
can keep something secret from the Lord, but friends, that is simply not
true. There was a man of the tribe of Judah, named Achan, and he
took something out of Jericho. Knowing this was forbidden, he kept it a
secret, but the Lord, all knowing, sees everything, and His anger
was sparked against Israel because of what Achan did.
Do you sense that something
not good is about to happen? Me too.
Well, all of this being
unbeknown to Joshua, he continued on with his mission and sent spies to
the city of Ai. The spies returned to Joshua and told him there was no
need to send the entire army of Israel to take the city, but only two or
three thousand men, because Ai was a city of few people.
SIN OF ACHAN LESSON WITH THE SIN OF ACHAN EXPLANATION AND THE SIN OF
So Joshua sent three thousand
soldiers, and when they encountered the men of Ai, they turned and ran
in fear! Thirty six Israelites were killed as they were chased from the
city gate and down the hillside.
This disheartened the people
of Israel and Joshua tore his clothes in grief and fell on his face in
front of the Ark of the Lord until evening along with the elders of
Israel, all putting dust on their heads in mourning. If you put yourself
in Joshua's place, you would understand the confusion he was no doubt
feeling ... After all, God promised that Israel would be victorious over
their enemies, and here, unexpectedly, their enemies were enjoying
success over them.
Joshua asked the Lord why all
of this was happening, and the Lord answered, Why are you laying there
like that on your face, get up and tell Israel to purify themselves from
the pollution that they let in among them. They have stolen things and
have deceived. When the accursed thing is removed and the thief is
punished, you will safely stand before your enemies again. In the
morning, all of Israel will be brought before the Lord and the one who
is discovered with the accursed thing will be burnt by fire, he and all
he owns, because he has broken the covenant of the Lord, and has
committed wickedness in Israel.
Joshua got up early in the
morning and brought Israel first by tribes, then by families, then by
households, then man by man (this was probably done by casting lots or
perhaps by Urim and Thummim) until it was revealed that Achan had
committed the transgression.
Achan confessed that when he
had seen a fine Babylonian garment and some silver and gold during the
raid in Jericho, that he desired them, so he took them and buried them
in his tent. So Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan and the
garment and the silver and gold and his sons and daughters and his oxen,
mules, sheep, tent, and all that he had, to the valley of Achor and they
stoned him and burned them with fire, then buried him under a heap of
THE SIN OF ACHAN INFORMATION WITH THE SIN OF ACHAN MEANING
AND THE SIN OF ACHAN DISCUSSION
There's a very interesting
thing to think about concerning this story. How many times do we, like
Achan, desire things that belong to God, for ourselves ... Because after
all ... What is God going to do with them? Do you suppose when Achan saw
the stuff that he stole, he thought, Now what's God gonna do with that
... I need that more than God does. What about in our lives today? Do we
desire all of our time for ourselves to do what WE want to do, or do we
consider that some of our time belongs to God and we should be spending
it with Him, or for Him in some way. Are we stealing from Him in a
manner of speaking? What about money? Do we spend it on things we desire
(but don't really need) instead of giving it to the treasury of the
Lord? What if you don't belong to a church ... Does that make you exempt
from giving God what BELONGS to Him (because after all, He provides everything
for you in the first place).
Let's take this a bit
farther. Did you notice that Achan's sons and daughters also paid for
his sin? Don't get me wrong about this, because I'll be the first to
tell you that if you are repentant, God will rain Grace down upon you.
But if you are practicing a sin that just seems normal because the rest
of the world thinks it's okay, and you are convinced too, I will also
say, that our God will do something to get your attention, and He loves
balance. Have you ever wondered why terrible things sometimes happen to
good people? I assure you, Achan's sons and daughters probably wondered
that too ... Or how about those thirty six soldiers that lost their
lives on account of it.
Examine your life, and ask
the Lord if you are stealing something that is sacred to Him, whether it
be time, or talent, or tithes, or praise, or something else. Maybe
subconsciously, you're even keeping it a secret from yourself, and you
don't realize you're doing it. Listen for His answer ... You will become
aware of things that you never thought of much before, and that's the
Holy Spirit guiding you into understanding what God's answer is.
Come on back to Daily Bread soon, and we'll
continue with more great stories from the book of Joshua.