|Joshua 7 |
1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in taking some of the cursed things from the city. Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the accursed things, and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, that is beside Bethaven on the east of Bethel; he spoke to them, saying, "Go up and view the country." And the men went up and viewed Ai.
3 And they returned to Joshua, and said to him, "Don't send all the people up there; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai. Don't make all the people to labor there for those of Ai are only a few in number."
4 So about three thousand men of the people went up there, and they fled before the men of Ai.
5 The men of Ai killed about thirty six of them. They [Ai] chased them [Israel] from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and slew them in the descending down. As a result the hearts of the people [of Israel] melted and became as water.
6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust upon their heads.
7 And Joshua said, "Alas, O LORD God, why have you brought this people over Jordan? To deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? I wish to God we had been content and dwelled on the other side Jordan!
8 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turns their backs before their enemies!
9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall surround us and cut off our name from the earth; and what will you do to your great name?"
10 And the LORD said to Joshua, "Get up; why do you lie this way upon your face?
11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have even taken of some of the accursed things, they have also stolen, they have also lied also, and they have even stored the things among their own possessions.
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, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.
13 Get up, sanctify the people, saying, 'Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow for thus says the Lord God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of you, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you.
14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your tribes; and it shall be, that the tribe that the LORD takes 1[by lot] shall come according to its families; and the family the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household that the LORD shall take shall come man by man.
15 And it shall be that he who has taken the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire; he and all he has because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he has wrought folly in Israel.'"
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 to Achan, "My son, give, I pray 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."
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 an attractive 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 hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver is under it.
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and, behold, it was hidden in his tent, and the silver was under it.
23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them to Joshua, and to 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, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his asses, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had;2 and they brought them to the valley of Achor.
25 And Joshua said, "Why have you troubled us? The LORD shall trouble you this day." And all Israel stoned him and those with 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 to this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Therefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, [troubling] to this day.
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1 the tribe, the family, the household, the man that the Lord takes (identifies, or selects). The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole determination of it, is from the LORD. Prov 16:33.
2 took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his asses, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had. And all Israel stoned him and those with him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. Does this seem harsh to you? Does it seem like this could not be what the church of Jesus would do? If so, then you don't understand the fury of God against those who wilfully disobey him and then lie; and you don't understand how holy the true church of Christ must be, including to eliminate the evil from it. There is no fear of God in Christendom.!!! Consider the following passage from Acts:5:1-11.
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
And kept back part of the price. His wife also had knowledge of this as they brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the price of the land?
While it remained unsold, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own power [to withhold any part of the money you chose]? Why have you conceived this lie in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God."
When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died; and a great fear came on all those who heard these things.
And the young men arose, wrapped up the body, carried him out, and buried him.
And it was about three hours afterwards, when his wife, not knowing what had occurred, came in.
And Peter asked her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?' And she said, "Yes, for so much."
Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those whom have buried your husband are at the door, and they shall carry you out."
Then fell she down immediately at his feet, and died; and the young men came in, found her dead, carried her out, and buried her next to her husband.
And a great fear came upon all the church and on as many as heard of these things.
And consider what Paul told Timothy about anyone who sinned in the church: "Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear." 1 Tim 5:20. But the way of discipline within the church is not stoning, rather they are supposed to be warned by one, then warned by two or three, then censured by the whole body of believers, — and if they fail to repent of their error, they are supposed to be expelled and shunned - not killed, or imprisoned, or tortured, or stripped of their property.
The deficit sects today tolerate sin; they look the other way; they assure their followers that sin is acceptable to the Lord; they tell them they are going to heaven because they believe in Jesus; they never rebuke anyone who is sinning — because the preachers themselves are sinners, still slaves to sin. They are ministers of Satan who have transformed themselves to appear to be ministers of righteousness; and they think they are Christ's, even though Christ never called them, never trained them, never perfected them, never authorized them, and never gifted them with the ministry. So, with this kind of leadership, there is no fear of God in Christendom.!!!
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