“First thing in the morning you will be called up by tribes. The tribe God names will come up clan by clan; the clan God names will come up family by family; and the family God names will come up man by man. The person found with the cursed things will be burned, he and everything he has, because he broke God’s covenant and did this despicable thing in Israel.”
Joshua was up at the crack of dawn and called Israel up tribe by tribe. The tribe of Judah was singled out. Then he called up the clans and singled out the Zerahites. He called up the Zerahite families and singled out the Zabdi family. He called up the family members one by one and singled out Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah of the tribe of Judah.
Joshua spoke to Achan, “My son, give glory to God, the God of Israel. Make your confession to him. Tell me what you did. Don’t keep back anything from me.”
Achan answered Joshua, “It’s true. I sinned against God, the God of Israel. This is how I did it. In the plunder I spotted a beautiful Shinar robe, two hundred shekels of silver, and a fifty-shekel bar of gold, and I coveted and took them. They are buried in my tent with the silver at the bottom.”
Joshua sent off messengers. They ran to the tent. And there it was, buried in the tent with the silver at the bottom. They took the stuff from the tent and brought it to Joshua and to all the People of Israel and spread it out before God.
Joshua took Achan son of Zerah, took the silver, the robe, the gold bar, his sons and daughters, his ox, donkey, sheep, and tent—everything connected with him. All Israel was there. They led them off to the Valley of Achor (Trouble Valley).
Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? God will now trouble you. Today!” And all Israel stoned him—burned him with fire and stoned him with stones. They piled a huge pile of stones over him. It’s still there. Only then did God turn from his hot anger. That’s how the place came to be called Trouble Valley right up to the present time.
Sin in the Camp
For whatever reason and it’s unknown to me, this is one of the many bible lessons that have stood out to me.
There are plenty where you read of God’s articles are plundered such as when Babylon when it captured Jerusalem they removed everything from the temple and took it for their own worship of Babylon gods. And Israel was in captivity for 70 years.
Or when Abraham gave his wife to Abimelech the women in the county were barren. Basically you mess with God He will let you know.
Yes everything changed with redemption and salvation and we are no longer under the old covenant.
But in the demonic world they still are working is if we were. We talk about being under grace yet we fight amongst ourselves what Grace is.
Achan was just one person but his actions affected an entire nation. When we ignore what a person is doing without any remorse or regret it affects everyone around you.
I do believe we cause our own illnesses by the things we put in our own bodies, but we don’t change the things that we carry from our ancestors when we are born unless we start early.
I have a couple of friends who have been dealing with life threatening issues that as I know them it’s not anything from what they’ve done that caused them. That is where spiritual attacks come in.
Keep in mind about something I have as a pet peeve and can easily be from a religious mindset that everything that looks out of order or walks in the door is a demonic attack. Sometimes it really is just a loose wire in the car not satan cutting the brakes.
But that is not saying that there is still sin in the camp and other issues are affected by it.
When Abraham for the second time gave away his wife with the sister story this time to King Abimelech, the women of the kingdom were barren until Sarah was returned to Abraham.
Again we are under Grace so are events like what happened to the Israelites and also to the women in Abimelech’s kingdom still happening today?
I believe they can because someone who is living with sin in their hearts that is unconfessed can stir other events to occurs because satan’s been invited in the mix. Hearts are starting to wane and even worship is having its issue.
If the church doesn’t learn how to deal with sin without sweeping it under the rug the structure of church will fall.
There are areas that we have to expose and allow repentance and forgiveness to breath life back in. Otherwise the church will never grow spiritually.