This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

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1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.

This chapter begins with this fact: Achan took some of the "bounty" that was supposed to be consecrated for the Lord. And the verse clearlly states the fullness of the sin upon the whole nation.
Sometimes it takes only one person to mess up things for the whole congregation. For covetousness, God's law was set aside. And God KNEW it. Let us never believe our sins are hidden. We may hide them from man - but not from God.
The whole nation of Israel will suffer because of this one man's sin.

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shal the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1Peter 4:17)

2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. 4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

Unaware of the sin of Achan, Joshua sends spies to Ai. When they returned, they said it was a "little" town, and there was only need to send a few thousand warriors against it. But when Joshua send 3,000 men, they were beaten and lost 36 men in battle!
How easily the work of carrying the gospel to the world is set aside by ONE PERSON'S sins!

6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. 7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! 8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?

Joshua is appalled! He and the elders demonstrate great remorse for the fact that the battle was lost and men in it.
And Joshua cries out to God in prayer. When we see things going awry, we should remorsefully seek God in prayer. He will answer.
My friends, we see a lot of people traveling back and forth between churches today; but we see few souls won to the Lord through evangelism. We are being beaten by the devil! Is there "sin in the camp?"
I fear that the church is full of spiritual sins due to covetousness today. Covetousness means selfishness. I'm afraid many Christians today are using time for themselves and not allowing any time to be consecrated to God.
Laxness toward the work of God by Christians is allowing us to see few victories and many defeats. Christians should be taking time to study, pray, visit the lost and educate the saved. But Christians are spending their time on SELF through recreational means. That's spiritual sin. And God SEES it!
Joshua expresses his concern. Now that Israel has been beaten in one battle, perhaps the Canaanites will gather forces and come and destroy Israel!

10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. 13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you. 14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man. 15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.

God tells Joshua to quit being ashamed for loss. The reason for the loss is SIN.
Here's a lesson for the church today. There IS sin among us. That's a natural fact (Romans 3:23). And God is not going to let sin go by without some remonstration. But got will not allow us to lie down and not go forward either! The work MUST go on!
God will point out sinners, and cause shame to come upon them.
God told Joshua to "sanctify" the people and prepare for a special holy visit tomorrow.
If we wish for God to visit us in a special way, we must prepare by opening our hearts to Him.
The plan God gave in this case was that all the tribes would come and God would choose a tribe. Then all the families of that tribe would come and God would choose a family.
Note the consequence here. The WHOLE family and ALL belongings is to be burned by fire!

God is SERIOUS about sin in His camp!

16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: 17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: 18 And he brought 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 taken. 19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. 20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

Joshua arises the next morning and follows God's plan. And God pointed out Achan, and Achan confessed.

22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. 23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.

The whole family was stoned to death. Then they with all their belongings were burned. Then a pile of stones was placed over them and the name of the place was called "the valley of Achor," which means TROUBLE.
Note here that God pointed out the sinner, and demanded a very stiff penalty. But Achan was allowed to confess and repent.
Though stiff penalty must surely come, God is not desirous that any should perish, but wants all to come to repentance.

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2Peter 3:9)

But the amazing thing about God is that He wants us to come repent before He has to point out our sins. And if we do, He will forgive and cleanse us.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1John 1:9)

But God will not be "mocked" with our sins. If we do not confess and forsake them, He will surely point them out.

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:7-9)

May we, as Christians, confess and forsake our sins today that the WORK MAY GO ON!

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