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On the seventh day they rounded it seven times in the same way and the walls of Jericho fell. All in the city were destroyed, and the city itself was burnt with fire, while the gold, silver, bronze, and iron were brought into the treasury of the house of God. Rahab and her father's household and possessions were saved, and the chapter is closed with an appeal of Joshua, cursing any man who would rebuild the city. In this chapter (7), you will see that, during the conquest, Israel had sinned that resulted to their defeat against Ai. And the person responsible was discovered, and confessed, upon which he and all he had, with the things he had taken, were burnt with fire. A. The sin (v.1): 1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. a. The anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel (v.1): It was only Achan who sinned, why the Lord's anger burnt against the the whole nation of Israel? (Ans. The entire nation felt the consequences of one man’s sin because, in the Spirit, we are one body (1 Cor. 12:20). When one person in our fellowship go astray, it affects the whole body of believers. Therefore, because Achan sinned, God was grieved with the entire congregation. Also, "Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?" (1Cor. 5:6) A small amount of sin accepted and tolerated among believers can infect the whole group. In this sense, the acceptance and toleration of the sin is worse than the sin itself, so it must be dealt with strictly. B. The setback (vv.2-5): 2 Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, “Go up and spy out the country.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not weary all the people there, for the people of Ai are few.” 4 So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water.
that we had been content. and cut off our name from the earth. If a person continues to resist the Spirit. we can experience defeat even in the Spirit-filled life. Lord GOD.) C. 31). Every person who has ever lived has had the experience of the Holy Spirit being with him as He comes to every man and tells the truth about his need for God. there are three negative responses a person can make towards the Spirit. it’s just Ai. . speaking in tongues. why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all—to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites. This is called the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31).. the empowering will be greatly diminished (1 Thessalonians 5:19). to destroy us? Oh.b. But when a man says yes to the Spirit and asks Jesus to be his Savior. 6). and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan! 8 O Lord.4-5): Just as the children of Israel experience defeat following their glorious victory at Jericho. or gifts of healing.6-9): 6 Then Joshua tore his clothes. Then what will You do for Your great name?” d. Instruction for dealing with the flesh was given to Joshua by divine revelation (Jos.. After all.. He will eventually leave that individual. and surround us. The third relationship with the Spirit is the “coming upon” of the Spirit to empower a person for service (Acts 1:8).. Yet in this relationship the Spirit can be quenched. 7 And Joshua said. 5). The supplication (vv. “Alas. God was taken for granted. And the same can be true of us.But they fled before the men of Ai. he can grieve the Spirit by allowing sin. That is. But when he thought he could handle Ai by himself.” And while the Spirit will still be in him. “I’m uncomfortable with prophecy. and that will be fine for me. Lord GOD. Joshua had been seeking the Lord. That is. Although we are already open to God’s Word that are personally given to us. why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all— to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites.(v. How? (Ans. a “Joshua chapter 7” mentality can kick in which causes us to say. insight and ability. “I can handle this little problem with my own energy. and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening. the Spirit comes in him (John 20:22). By grieving or quenching the Spirit. Alas. And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men. Just as there are three relationships a person can have with the Spirit. Instruction for taking Jericho was also given to Joshua by divine revelation (Jos. what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies? 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear it. Here in Joshua 7. he moves into the second relationship with the Spirit. However. a person can say. he and the elders of Israel. to destroy us? (v. malice and evil speaking to come into his life (Ephesians 4:30.7): Just as Joshua 2 . 3). Note: Instruction was given to Joshua for crossing Jordan by divine revelation (Jos. we will see both the grieving and the quenching of the Spirit. Give me a good solid Bible study and a hymn or two. However. all along the way.” c. In other words. and they put dust on their heads.
For they have even taken some of the accursed things. Therefore. we should live our lives like an open book. The only time Jesus ever addressed His Father as “my God” was when there was distance and separation between them because of our sin. Secret sin on earth is an open scandal before God. And it shall be that the tribe which the LORD takes shall come according to families. And it shall be that the tribe which the LORD takes . we must regard it as sin and repent of it. our Greater than Joshua. if you wanted to keep something that belonged to God. why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Jesus cried as the Father turned His back on the Son in the only time in eternity that there was estrangement between them (Matthew 27:46).’ ” e. “My God. Neither will I be with you anymore. When we don’t give as God directs us. O Israel. you had to pay a penalty that is the same amount required for restitution in theft. For they have even taken some of the accursed things.11): That is the exact sin of Israel. it was known to God. 16:1-2). 9:6-8). anywhere. and have both stolen and deceived.. you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you. f. Jesus Himself. and the family which the LORD takes shall come by households. My God. and they have also put it among their own stuff. and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. because they have become doomed to destruction.10-15): 10 So the LORD said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? 11 Israel has sinned. because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD. and they have also put it among their own stuff (v. The solution (vv. he and all that he has. 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies. The New Testament teaches us that giving should be regular and proportional (1Cor. ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow. 13 Get up. Someone took things that were devoted to God – things that are given to His tabernacle or things that are completely destroyed. In the Old Testament.” 14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your tribes. and have both stolen and deceived. in the same way we steal from Him when we do not give Him what He directs us to give. and the household which the LORD takes shall come man by man. and cheerful (2Cor. that it should be generous.questioned God. and say. questioned His Father when He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).14): Though the identity of the sinning family was unknown to Joshua. 3 . (v. One man stole from God. with the kind of life that can be seen by anybody. because thus says the LORD God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst.. 15 Then it shall be that he who is taken with the accursed thing shall be burned with fire. purposeful. but turned their backs before their enemies. sanctify the people. and because he has done a disgraceful thing in Israel. D. unless you destroy the accursed from among you.
the son of Zabdi. and all Israel with him. 17 He brought the clan of Judah. of the tribe of Judah.. Therefore the name of that place has been 4 . his tent.E.. h. F.” So all Israel stoned him with stones. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. and tell me now what you have done. and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels. Today we are increasingly drawn to the things of the eyes. his oxen. the wedge of gold. hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent.. The search (vv. When i saw. Achan didn’t take spoils. After all.” 22 So Joshua sent messengers.. 23 And they took them from the midst of the tent. And in the same way. his sons. drunkenness as alcoholism. with the silver under it. Then he hid. and there it was. we can’t sit very long for the teaching of the Word. or murmuring as depression.21): Achan’s sin began when he saw. do not hide it from me.. the silver. with the silver under it. was taken. and they brought them to the Valley of Achor. his donkeys. two hundred shekels of silver. We want a dramatic presentation.. It all started by seeing and it gives us an idea that the eye is the portal of the devil (Psalm 101:3) but the ear is the portal of the Spirit (Romans 10:17). and gold as spoils. The stonning (vv. i coveted them and took them.. brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel. the son of Zerah. “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel. g. took Achan the son of Zerah. hidden in his tent.16-23): 16 So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes. and make confession to Him. and he took the family of the Zarhites. people refer to adultery as an affair. and Zabdi was taken. As a result. I coveted them and took them. and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man. and this is what I have done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment. and they are hidden in the earth. still there to this day.. (v. and they ran to the tent. We don’t want to just hear a message. 25 And Joshua said. and the tribe of Judah was taken. etc. the garment. and laid them out before the LORD. his sheep. spoils were the rightful property of conquering armies.20-21): How can we relate with Achan at this point? (Ans. I beg you. “My son. give glory to the LORD God of Israel. He took that which was devoted to God. 19 Now Joshua said to Achan. and all that he had. and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. Then he took. and Achan the son of Carmi.” 20 And Achan answered Joshua and said. . “Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day. his daughters. we need to be people who learn to listen. Achan is very subtle in justifying his sin. In referring to the beautiful garment.24-26): 24 Then Joshua. Then he coveted. The problem is. silver. But because faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). And there they are.And this is what I have done: when I saw among the spoils (v. 26 Then they raised over him a great heap of stones. 18 Then he brought his household man by man.
We never sin alone. can be a spring board to victory again. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Achor (v. when it is dealt with. There is a time to pray about a problem and a time to get up and deal with it. But he deliberately disobeyed God and brought defeat to the army. God sees His people as one.” Hosea (Hos. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger (v. The secret of success is knowing and obeying God’s Word. Now Israel was again in position to walk in the power and guidance of God. and Achan knew that. this time a witness to the trouble sin causes. Sin cannot be hidden forever. We need to die to such sins and remember that "those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" (Gal 5:24). He valued the spoils more than he valued obedience to God. so the sin of Achan was the sin of the whole nation. Conclusion: We can be tempted in the midst of victory. disgrace to the Lord. his family. Isaiah 65 tells us also that the flock shall lie down in the valley of Achor. j. The power and victory of Jesus’ resurrection are ours as we crucify our flesh with Him every day. i. but Achan knew the rules. The punishment may seem severe to us. One man’s sin caused the death of thirty-six soldiers. the Door (John 10:7). but his eyes wandered and he walked into sin. The main thing is the glory of God. The Jews raised another heap of stones. and his nation would only be truly dealt with by what Jesus. and dismay to his commander. 5 .26): Sin. Achan should have been attending to his military duties. That’s what God can do.26): Although Achor means “Trouble. 2:15) tells us that the valley of Achor shall be a door of hope. for they had been conquered by God again.called the Valley of Achor to this day. Sin ultimately brings defeat. did on the Cross. Why? Because the trouble that Achan brought upon himself. The spies were tempted to be presumptuous and Achan to be covetous. This kind of victory only comes after a death. but read Hosea 2:15 and rejoice.
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