Friday, September 29 – Joshua 7:13-15; 24-26

Sep 28, 2023

Stand up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, because the Lord, the God of Israel, has said this: “There are things designated for destruction in your midst, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you have removed the designated things from your midst.” So in the morning you shall come forward by your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which the Lord selects by lot shall come forward by families, and the family which the Lord selects shall come forward by households, and the household which the Lord selects shall come forward man by man. And it shall be that the one who is selected with the things designated for destruction shall be burned with fire, he and all that belongs to him, because he has violated the covenant of the Lord, and because he has committed a disgraceful thing in Israel.’”

 

Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the Valley of Achor. And Joshua said, “Why have you brought disaster on us? The Lord will bring disaster on you this day.” And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. Then they erected over him a large heap of stones that stands to this day, and 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.

 

Today’s passage isn’t easy to read or think about. But it reminds us of the seriousness of sin. And the act of covering for our sin is just as devastating as the sin itself. It is a perpetual lie every day that the truth does not come out. Secret sins have serious implications for our lives and can devastate those around us. Achan thought he could keep his sin to himself, but it impacted all of Israel.

 

We often measure what we can “get away with” to try and judge if we can escape consequences while doing something we are not supposed to do. To God, we can’t “get away with” anything. Sin is serious to God because He is always perfectly just. But because He is also merciful there is also a serious solution for our sin. First John 1:9-10 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

 

As New Testament believers, we have this hope in Jesus: God is faithful to forgive us our sins and restore us to Himself. This is not a license to live in sin but rather an invitation to live life with a heavenly Father who is ready to take us by the hand and lead us to life with Him. It is an invitation to be vulnerable in our mistakes and sins, being honest instead of hiding, because we know God as Father and Savior.

 

  • When have you tried to hide a sin from God or others?
  • Is confessing your sins to God something you practice regularly? Why or why not? How does today’s passage remind you of the danger of hiding sin?
  • Pray and confess your sins to God.
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