The Sin of Achan

Joshua 7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the devoted things; for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. Therefore Yahweh’s anger burned against the children of Israel. 2 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 land.”

The men went up and spied out Ai. 3 They returned to Joshua, and said to him, “Don’t let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and strike Ai. Don’t make all the people to toil there, for there are only a few of them.” 4 So about three thousand men of the people went up there, and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 The men of Ai struck about thirty-six men of them. They chased them from before the gate even to Shebarim, and struck them at the descent. The hearts of the people melted, and became like water. 6 Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before Yahweh’s ark until the evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. 7 Joshua said, “Alas, Lord Yahweh, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to cause us to perish? I wish that we had been content and lived beyond the Jordan! 8 Oh, Lord, what shall I say, after Israel has turned their backs before their enemies? 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and will surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. What will you do for your great name?”

10 Yahweh said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face like that? 11 Israel has sinned. Yes, they have even transgressed my covenant which I commanded them. Yes, they have even taken some of the devoted things, and have also stolen, and also deceived. They have even put it among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel can’t stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will not be with you any more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you. 13 Get up! Sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, for Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, “There is a devoted thing among you, Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted thing from among you.” 14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought near by your tribes. It shall be that the tribe which Yahweh selects shall come near by families. The family which Yahweh selects shall come near by households. The household which Yahweh selects shall come near man by man. 15 It shall be, that he who is taken with the devoted thing shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed Yahweh’s covenant, and because he has done a disgraceful thing in Israel.’”

16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning and brought Israel near by their tribes. The tribe of Judah was selected. 17 He brought near the family of Judah, and he selected the family of the Zerahites. He brought near the family of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was selected. 18 He brought near his household man by man, and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was selected. 19 Joshua said to Achan, “My son, please give glory to Yahweh, the God of Israel, and make confession to him. Tell me now what you have done! Don’t hide it from me!”

20 Achan answered Joshua, and said, “I have truly sinned against Yahweh, the God of Israel, and this is what I have done. 21 When I saw among the plunder a beautiful Babylonian robe, two hundred shekels[a] of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, then I coveted them and took them. Behold, they are hidden in the ground in the middle of my tent, with the silver under it.”

22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent. Behold, it was hidden in his tent, with the silver under it. 23 They took them from the middle of the tent, and brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel. They laid them down before Yahweh. 24 Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his cattle, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. 25 Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? Yahweh will trouble you today.” All Israel stoned him with stones, and they burned them with fire and stoned them with stones. 26 They raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Yahweh turned from the fierceness of his anger. Therefore the name of that place was called “The valley of Achor” to this day.

This scripture and post today is directed primarily to other believers in Jesus Christ. The challenge of a blog such as this is that people of various levels of faith and knowledge come to the blog and not everything can be written at the same level.

I’m writing this as if we were sitting, discussing the situation worldwide and what we as believers can do about it. I’ve prayed a lot about this. There are literally millions of believers worldwide and I think we can recognize that the satanic luciferian globalist overlords are enacting blood sacrifices to satan to enslave the world. By their fruits you will know them. That’s where all the issues of pedophilia and abortion come in.

In spite of that, we have the name of Jesus and the blood of Jesus, and the redemptive work of Christ. What is the hang up? I’m sure you and your family and friends and church have been praying, as have been many other Christians worldwide.

The curse causeless shall not come. God does not send evil. The verses in the Bible where it says that God sends plague or destruction is a verbal translation that would be better written that God lifts his hand of protection.

Remember English grammar in school? Nouns are persons, places and things. Verbs have to do with actions or states of being. And there are many forms of verbs…past, present, future and other tenses. So the translations into English can be difficult when you are trying to express both a verb form, and an idiom, which is a local saying. For example, we have the saying, “he got himself into a pickle”. Well, a person didn’t literally end up inside of a dill pickle…it just means he got himself into a difficult situation.

And so we are dealing with that problem when it comes to translations and I have studied along the lines of idioms and translations and the best explanation that we can fathom is that God lifts his hand of protection. In other words, God protects us like an umbrella. But when a nation or person or family so sins against God, basically throws God out of their life, their national life, their individual life,  then God lifts his hand of protection and life becomes very difficult. We have no clue as to how much God saves us from until He lifts his hand of protection from us.

And while the problems we face are worldwide, I will stick with talking about the United States for a moment. If you are from another nation, you can probably figure out the equivalent reason for your nation.

The United States was formed as a nation where there could be religious freedom and the sending forth of the preaching of the kingdom of God. Early believers established covenants with the Lord. Those covenants have been broken.

In other posts, I have briefly traced the history that early settlers came from what is called the Judeo/Christian, or Anglo-Saxon, background which came from the ten tribes of Israel who were taken into captivity by Assyria and never returned. They ended up in Britain and Ireland. They copied scriptures in monasteries. They had the background of Israel, but no longer the temple. In any case, not only does the problem go back to early covenants made in the United States with God, it goes back to Mt. Sinai, where the people said they would observe the Ten Commandments and laws of God, they and their children. That has never ended.   The history and background of those people continued on until today.

Now I know in Jesus Christ individuals can repent and come to the Lord and serve him.  And people can be added into a covenant.   But we are talking about and dealing with these national covenants that have been made in the past.

As the history in Joshua shows, the sin of one man, Achan, caused the defeat of a whole nation until the sin was exposed and removed.

Now all of us, you, me, all of us, are different parts of the body of Christ. We need each other. Each of us can only do what God has given us to do. We can’t be an eye if we are an ear. We can’t be a foot if we are a liver. We can’t be a kidney if we are a heart. We each have our job and the body needs all parts. All must function for the body to function.

My job is simply to write. Somewhere there is a Joshua. And we need to pray that Joshua comes forth and deals with Achan. Because individually, we can only do so much.  We cannot do a job not given us to do.  We have to find the member of the body of Christ appointed to do the job of Joshua.

Each of us is responsible for individual faithfulness and obedience to the Lord. But there is a national responsibility that the nation must be faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom we made a covenant at its founding.

And while yes, I believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, all that is subject to the laws of God. We cannot legislate against God, for example, legislate abortion or legislate homosexual marriage or legislate to put a poisonous dangerous shot into children and expect God to bless us.

We can’t sin against God as a nation and then go sit in church for an hour on Sunday and somehow expect that God will ignore national sins. The Bible is full of examples that that does not work.

Read the Old Testament. Those principles are eternal. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

And so I am going to ask that you pray with me.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that whoever is the modern day Joshua, that he will come forth, and that this modent day Joshua will find Achan, and deal with Achan according to your will. Father, we ask your forgiveness. We have sinned greatly as a nation in many, many ways. We have served mammon. We have served demon forces that have told us to abort children and defile children and deny your word in many ways. For this we humbly ask forgiveness. Please send the leader who is appointed to deal with the national sins by which we have come under bondage. We ask this in Jesus name, Thank You, Amen.

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