Nothing is mentioned about inquiring from the Lord before he makes plans. God had given them over four hundred years to repent, but now their iniquity had become full see Gen. Remember the churches of Asia Minor. God responded by telling Joshua that some Israelites had sinned by taking devoted things. The sin of Achan is my taking this body which belongs to God, which has been dedicated to God, and using it for myself, as I see fit, as pleases me.
This has been called barbaric and primitive and nothing less than the murder of innocent lives. Since nothing is accomplished with our face in the dirt, the Lord tells Joshua to rise up out of this condition. They were clothes men and women needed for weddings and to attend feasts. Joshua 6:18-19Thus, no one should have had any problems understanding God's will in this matter. God also said He would not be with them in battle until the goods were brought forth and the sin dealt with. First the tribe of Judah was singled out.
How sweet it is to come back to the scene of your former defeat and be victorious! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Sin has many consequences, none of them good. One day Achan saw some very lovely things. So, why did he go ahead and do it? I recommend everybody read it. Thirty-six men died as a result of Achan's sin. Achan's sin was the cause of Israel's defeat! Sin is no small matter with God because sin is rebellion and rebellion is as the sin of divination 1 Sam.
Next, each of the clans or big families of the tribe of Judah walked before Joshua. The stuff under the tent told of a secret love of the world in Achan. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, Moody Press, 1967, p. They had entered Canaan and they approached their first obstacle, the guardian of the southern entrance to the land, a vast fortress-city named Jericho. The story of Achan is a story of theft and deception and punishment.
My clothes are made from sheep's wool. He was a member of one of the most prominent families of the tribe of Judah. God viewed the nation of Israel as a unit. Yes, that might sound strange to you, because your family and the people you know probably live in houses or apartment buildings. Do you entertain an accusation against an elder that has not been brought by two or three witnesses? Conclusion There are three concluding points that I would like to focus on from this chapter.
They were a people called of God to be His witness to the world and through whom God would give the Savior cf. Further, if any city had repented as did Nineveh at the preaching of Jonah, He would have spared that city, but in spite of all the miraculous works of God which they had heard about, there was no repentance, they remained steadfast in their depravity. While there is no danger of our purchasing all 1,700 items, there is the possibility of our accepting the philosophy behind those advertisements—that we will have complete, fulfilled, satisfied lives if only we drive this car, use this hair spray, or drink that beverage. All the church suffers through the sinful defiance of some. After a long while, the first, who was strongest of the two, grabbed the second by the throat and said he would choke him to death unless he made his wish. But we do have ways of showing our consternation and pain and doubt. Gaebelein, General Editor, Expositors Bible Commentary, Old Testament, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1997, electronic media.
Why did Joshua follow this procedure and how was he able to narrow the search to Achan? But our ways are not His ways. Covetousness is an act of worship. We can fool ourselves and others, but never the Lord. Have you come across that attitude? He had seen the walls fall down when they shouted. The Lord replies very boldly, telling him to get up and recognize the sin at work among his people. Instead Achan went on in unbelief and disobedience, and this brought death to himself and his family and sorrow to all the nation.
Waltke, Associate Editors, Theological Word Book of the Old Testament, Moody Press, Chicago, Vol. Then on the seventh day they got up at daybreak and marched around Jericho just as before but this time again, and again, and again, seven times in all. You remember that Samson slew Philistines at Ashkelon to have their fine clothes. Have you ever had a real sore thumb—you banged it with a hammer and it got all inflamed and red. He has taken them from the city of Jerʹi·cho. Now Jehovah will bring trouble on you! We can handle them and drive them back to the wilderness. Principle: These desires lust patterns illustrate the various lust patterns we all face and which, if not dealt with in faith, can dominate our lives.
This does not mean this was the only sin and the rest of the nation was sinless, but this sin was of such a nature direct disobedience and rebellion that God used it to teach Israel and us a couple of important lessons. His parents and grandparents saw the rise of Moses and Aaron, heard of the wonderful miracles that that these men did as demonstrations that the living God was with them when they asked Pharaoh to be freed from slavery to serve God in the wilderness. You have no right to take that which has been consecrated and dedicated to God by the blood of Jesus and use it for yourselves, storing it among your own stuff just like it is your own property. Do you keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to Christian teaching? When the children of Israel, led by Joshua, crossed over the Jordan River, there were thousands of them. In my preparation for my sermon delivered Sunday morning, February 19, 2012, I came across an observation made by two different commentators.
They should have searched every tent, and they would have found out the accursed thing. Our sins are abhorred by God just as much as Achan's was in that ancient time. Most likely, they had actually helped Achan hide the stuff and were, in fact, accomplices to the crime. If Achan had confessed his sin, sometime before he was confronted by Joshua, no doubt, God would have been merciful to Him. You have no right to use that body of yours for any other reason except to glorify God. They have taken what belongs to God, and they have put it among their own stuff—as though it was theirs, as though they could do with it as they please.