March 13, 2015
“And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I did: when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them.” Joshua 7:20-21
God had strictly forbidden the Israeli troops from taking anything from the battle of Jericho. They were the first-fruits of the war and all were to be given to God. The spoils were considered the property of God and anyone taking them, would be considered a thief.
Achan coveted. This is a word that is closely related to lust. It means to desire something so greatly that your judgement becomes cloudy and you are willing to posses it at any cost. People are not counting the cost when they look at porn. They are not counting the cost when they gamble, or when they over-eat or when they over-spend. Achan was ache-in’ with desire for the stuff inside the walls of Jericho. Therefore, when he was found out, and you are always found out, he was ache-in’ when he and his family were executed. Why his family? Because lust doesn’t just effect us. It effects our entire family as well.
Lust clouds our minds so badly that it tells us that we have to have the object of our lust now. We are getting short changed if we don’t get it, and if we don’t take it now, then we’ll never get anything. It questions God’s love and faithfulness to us. It questions His provision for us. This is exactly what Satan did to Eve. He questioned God’s word and then she saw that the fruit looked good for food, and it was a delight to the eyes and it could make her wise, she took it, ate it, and gave some to her husband. Achan did the same thing. He saw it, he delighted in it, then he took it.
Proverbs 9 tells of lust personified as a woman who entices a man. Verse 17 is her final argument, and verse 18 is the end result:
““Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Proverbs 9:17-18)
Achan found this out. But the crazy thing is that God is not a killjoy. He demands the first fruits, but later, when they were going to fight against the city of Ai, God told Joshua, “And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it.” (Joshua 8:2)
God loves you. Lust will always leave you empty and full of death. But God’s love always fulfills and brings life and blessing. If we are willing to wait, God will always provide for us. He will always take care of our needs. We just need to wait on Him, serve Him, and love Him. If we do, then we’ll be assured of a treasure beyond what we could ever think or imagine.
May the Lord richly bless you today!