Joshua 7:10, “So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face?11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them.For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.”
We have a threefold enemy we battle, the world, the flesh and the devil. They bring about, 1 John 2:16, “…the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life”, This is what brought about the downfall of Achan.
We finally get to Achan to find out what he did and how what he did is relevant to us today, Joshua 7:19, “Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” I pondered on this line, how do you give glory to God in your sin? By coming clean. The bible says, “let God be true and every man a liar”, Romans 3:4 . This was the time to prove to everyone that indeed there was sin in the camp and God was not looking for an excuse not to bless the Israelites or punish them for nothing. God delights in those who come clean, a broken heart and a contrite spirit, such He will not deny (Psalm 51). God’s glory will only be reflected back to Him when the life of God’s servant is cleared of guilt. Bishop Patrick (not sure of his last name) quotes the Samaritan chronicle, making Joshua to say here to Achan, “Lift up thy eyes to the king of heaven and earth, and acknowledge that nothing can be hidden from Him who knoweth the greatest secrets”
Vs. 20, “And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”, it’s what he saw that he desired, the desire turned into covetousness and that prompted him to act. Doesn’t this sound familiar with Eve in the garden of Eden and David when he saw Bathsheba? And many other stories in the Bible of the same. They all boil down to, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Sin begins with innocent sight, degenerates into lustful desire or covetousness, and falls from there into participation. Temptations are not sins by definition, we are afraid they can lead to sin. And if our Savior was tempted in all manner, there is no way we will escape temptations. He overcame it, and calls us to overcome by the power of the Holy Ghost. The enemy wants us to forfeit the blessings, he wants us to be delayed. I love what David Wilkerson said, he said, “some people say the devil is attacking them, his question for them, “who let him in?” You give him and inch, he will take the whole ruler and hit you with it.
How should a believer be an over comer ofthe world, the flesh and the devil? be crucified to the world, be mortified to the things, to the affairs and enticements, of it, simply, dead to the world. I constantly pray to die to self and be alive unto Christ. The flesh wants to take over, I need to bring it into captivity under the obedience of Christ. 2Corinthians 10:5. Feed the Spirit more and starve the flesh. Romans 6:12, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” Galatians 5:1, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Strive to be alive unto Christ and dead to the world. To finish, blessings Ev