Dripping with Honey (14)
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.
The LORD had given the children of Israel a victorious taking down of the city of Jericho. Their leader Joshua had this important instruction : “And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.” Joshua 6:18
By All Means – definitely, certainly – Do Not Keep anything set for destruction and not honourable to God. Otherwise they themselves would be accursed – doomed to destruction. And their destructive action would cause trouble for the camp of Israel. Paul says in Galatians 5:9 that a little leaven leavens the whole lump.
So Achan whose name likely means trouble caused trouble by disobeying the words of God and keeping those forbidden things that were cursed. He coveted. What struck me is his family line is mentioned specifically ; Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah. He caused trouble for his family and the entire tribe. Then it says the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. Achan sinned and God got angry with the entire people. Ps Susheel recently exhorted us to “leave no man behind. If you see your brother/sister misaligned, don’t do nothing. #buildthearc”
So how? When they wanted to take down the city of Ai, they were defeated miserably. 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.”
Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.Joshua 7:6
The Lord said, “Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the LORD God of Israel: “ There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I have done: When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”
Joshua 7:13, 20-21
Sin must be dealt with. We cannot stand before our enemies until we brutally rid sin in our lives. Achan was stoned by all Israel. Harsh? Read Galatians 5:9 again. We must give God legal rights over us. Our accuser accuses us day and night. (Revelation 12:10)
So the children of Israel raised over Achan a great heap of stones, still there to this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Achor to this day. (Joshua 7:26)
A heap of stones served as a critical remembrance of the fatal trouble sin caused that day since God’s people were forgetful people. Also, they fought against the people of Ai and all who fell that day, both men and women, were twelve thousand—all the people of Ai. For Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. Joshua 8:25-26
A resounding victory ended with another great heap of stones :
And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until evening. And as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his corpse down from the tree, cast it at the entrance of the gate of the city, and raise over it a great heap of stones that remains to this day.
King hanged. Murder the rule/control in our lives that leads to doom, destruction and death.
Father God Thank You for the blood of the Lamb. Help us keep our lives pure, our hands clean and our hearts right before You. Amen.
Thank You LORD.
Pic credit : Dave Adamson