Day 100! That sounds NICE and amazing! When I started, I couldn’t imagine how I would keep this up. But 100 days of focusing on Scripture each night has been a good thing. So I’ll be posting right up to Day 366 (Is that right? Leap year?)
Joshua et al have just “fit the battle of Jericho” and won. Actually, God brought the walls down with trumpet blasts – and Israel walked right in.
Next up: Ai. Only this time, Israel loses the battle and 36 men die.
Turns out that someone kept a few of Jericho’s goods that should have been destroyed. And Israel was punished as a consequence.
That someone was a guy named Achan. Achan didn’t exactly stand up and admit what he did, but a series of lots (or something similar) helped Joshua focus first on a tribe, then a family group, then a family. Until only Achan remained.
Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”
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: 19-21 NIV
[My New Geneva commentary points out that Achan’s sin followed the same path as the fall in Eden: Saw, Coveted, Took]
Joshua didn’t ask Achan to confess so that he would receive mercy, but so that Achan would give God honor and glory (and incidentally remove the punishment from Israel).
And Achan didn’t beg for mercy. He knew where his confession would lead: to death. On the other hand, Achan didn’t stubbornly confess, “Sure. I did it. Let’s get this over with.”
I don’t know, but Achan seems to have been rather courageous at the end. In fact, he did die for Israel, because the nation’s punishment was removed by his death.
And it also strikes me that Achan didn’t fear death: perhaps he had knowledge of eternity and rested on God’s mercy in the afterlife.
But I found it interesting that Achan confessed contritely and consequently died to save Israel.
Today’s Readings: Joshua 7:1-8:35, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 13:22-23, Luke 9:37-62. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing.