Joshua 7 – POWER FAILURE!
Many people were concerned about he Y2K problem.
Because of thousands of computers programmed in an antiquated way, there could have
been many problems when the year 2,000 arrived.
One of the great fears was that electric power will fail either on a regional
or national basis.
Personally, I want Christians to be more concerned about a Spiritual power
failure in their lives than an electric power failure. We need to take Psalm
66:18 to heart!
One group that experienced a severe power failure was the nation Israel as
it was conquering the Promised Land. After a great victory at Jericho, the
Israelites experience a great defeat or power failure at Ai.
THE COVETOUSNESS OF ACHAN – Vss. 1
Notice that one man sinned here, but Israel was held accountable. Our sins
affect others. Also notice that sin does not escape the eye of God!
THE CONQUEST OF ISRAEL – Vss. 2-5
Joshua listened to the spies, instead of consulting with God.
Israel expected an easy victory. Instead, because of Achan’s sin, there was
a miserable defeat!
THE COMPLAINT OF JOSHUA – Vss. 6-10
THE COMMAND OF GOD – Vss. 10-15
God told Joshua to “get up” because it was a time of action.
The sin had to be dealt with, if Israel would have victory.
Israel had to deal with sin! The same principle is found in Matthew 18:15-17
and 1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 9-11
THE CONFRONTATION OF SIN – Vss. 16- 26
Israel is called together. Vs. 16
The guilty party is found. Vss. 17-18
He is proven guilty. Vss. 19-22
He is judged. Vss. 24-26