Joshua – Chapter 7: Achan’s Sin

In the last chapter of Joshua the Israelites attacked the city of Jericho, destroying it and every living being except for Rahab and her family.  All children and babies were killed as Biblical morals tell us is appropriate.  J  Joshua 7 tells the story of the Israelites not quite following God’s commands following the fall of Jericho.

“But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.” – Joshua 7:1

Oh for crying out loud.  God’s okay with killing children and babies, but if you take some of the stuff you already STOLE God gets pissed?!?!?

“So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water.” – Joshua 7:4-5

One man steals some of the stuff already stolen and God punishes the entire Israelite community.  What…the…fuck?!?!?

“The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions.’” – Joshua 7:10-11

But they followed the command to kill children and babies!  Do they get no credit for that?  LOL!

“I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.” – Joshua 7:12

Kill a child and you are good in the eyes of God.  Steal an already stolen piece and you are to be destroyed.  Yeah, makes sense.

“Whoever is caught with the devoted things shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him.” – Joshua 7:15

Oooo…death by fire!

“Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.’” – Joshua 7:20-21

Achan admits to his wrongdoing and asks for forgiveness.  Surely God will lessen the punishment, right?

“Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since.” – Joshua 7:25-26

Holy shit!  Not only was Achan still burned, he was first stoned!!!  So what message does the Bible send here?  Don’t admit to your sins.  Admitting will WORSEN the punishment!!!

Wow, what a chapter!  God is okay with killing children and babies but take some of his stuff and he will destroy you!  Admit to the crime and your punishment will go from bad to worse!  Yikes!

Coming Soon:  Joshua – Chapter 8:  Ai Destroyed

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