by Harley Howard

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The Book of Joshua Chapter 7 (5 of 15)
Harley Howard

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.

As I taught previously this is the lesson of how one
man's sin affected the entire camp of Israel. Paul
mentioned in 1st Corinthians 5, the same truth how
that a little leaven (evil influence) can affect the
entire body. We also saw that the kinds of people who
influence the body of Christ towards evil are to be
removed from the church body, they were not to be
tolerated at all. Now we will see this lesson again,
in vivid detail with Achan. We will see that Achan was
not tolerated because of his sin, nor was there any
emotions bearing on God's command as to what to do
with Achan. Let's go back and see again what the Lord
told Israel NOT TO DO. Joshua 6:17-18 (read).

It wasn't that the instructions were NOT clear, they
certainly were. It wasn't that the Lord was VAGUE as
to what He said that He would do to them if anyone
refused to obey His commands. He was MOST clear.
Notice that God held the entire camp of Israel
accountable for the actions of one individual.
Although the nation consisted of individuals, the fact
is that Israel was looked upon by God as a covenant
people, a collective body. So in one sense, the
collective body could be affected by the sin of one
individual. In fact, the church is looked upon as a
collective body, working in union with each other and
indeed the sin of just one individual could reign
havoc on an entire church.

Achan decided that he wanted to take of the accursed
thing, no matter what the Lord told him not to do. He
committed a treacherous act against the Lord and
against his own people. He was selfish and cared for
himself. He knew full well that ...

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