Achan’s Sin

“But the Israelites acted unfaithfully in regard to the devoted things; Achan … took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.”  Joshua 7:1

By: Melissa Pope

I’ve mentioned my girls’ Bible quiz participation. One year the study was on the book of Joshua. Our family is also reading through the Bible chronologically. This evening the story of Achan again caught my attention.
The battle of Jericho is a familiar one. The story of Achan’s sin follows and may not be one that you recall. The Israelite children were instructed by God to keep away from the devoted things (6:18). Achan however disregarded this command of God. He took a Babylonian robe, silver and gold from the city and hid it in his tent.
In the Israelites next battle against Ai they were soundly defeated because the Lord was not with them. They had disobeyed the Lord.
I expect obedience from my children. God expects obedience from His children. As a child of God I want to be obedient to Him. The story of Achan reminds me not to become attached to “devoted things” of the world.

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