For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near tribe by tribe, and the tribe of Judah was taken.
And he brought near the clans of Judah, and the clan of the Zerahites was taken. And he brought near the clan of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was taken.
And he brought near his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the LORD God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.”
And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did:
when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”
So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath.
And they took them out of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel. And they laid them down before the LORD.
And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor.
And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.
And 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.
Consequences follow actions. God’s people were told beforehand there would be consequences yet one of them allowed greed and covetousness to overrule God’s commands and warnings. Temptation was given a foothold and disobedience became a stronghold. Achan’s actions caused the death of fellow Israelites in battle as well as his own family and his own life. He chose to keep and lost. Jesus said, If you lose your life, you will find it. If you gain the whole world and lose your soul…Achan chose to gain and lost.
[Mar 8:35-36 ESV] 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
When sin shows up by the way of the Holy Spirit’s revelation, we do well to rid ourselves of it, all of it. When temptation comes to disobey it is good to remember Achan. The beauty of the robe and gold was buried in dirt. Let that sink in. … What draws us often seems harmless enough, has beauty and allure. If we must hide it, we must question our motives, our rightness. There is a principle here – we may gain only to lose. Another principle is that we reap what we sow; consequences follow actions. Jesus provides forgiveness and the opportunity for reconciliation but often there are still consequences of our actions that harm ourselves and those around us.
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