Series: Joshua: Living Your Inheritance
Title: "Sin In One Brings Defeat To All" - Part Five
"But keep away from the
devoted things, so that you
will not bring about your own
destruction by taking any of them." Joshua 6:18
This week, Charles Price concludes his series on Joshua with a very sobering message that reflects deeply in our own lives when sin gets the better part of us. After the conquest of Jericho, one man's greed casts a dark shadow over the entire nation of Israel. Today we are greatly blessed as Christians with the indwelling Spirit of Christ and there is forgiveness, but we cannot kid ourselves into thinking our sin does not affect others, particularly those close to us.
Before the Israelites' attack on Jericho, Joshua commanded the people to keep away from all the silver and gold, the articles of bronze and iron as they are sacred to the Lord, and taking anything devoted to Him, would bring destruction on themselves and the nation. One man, Achan, did not listen and took what did not belong to him. Unaware of this, Joshua sent spies to survey the town of Ai. The spies reported back that it was a small town with not many people, and they could readily overcome it. Joshua sent about 3,000 troops, but the men of Ai drove them back, chased them from the city gates, killing about 36 of them, and terrifying the rest.
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