By: Ely Lagajino
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23. (NKJV)
On March 29, 1948, an estimated 500,000 tons of water rush over Niagara Falls every minute, suddenly stopped for thirty hours. People living around believed that it was a sign of the end of the world. But heavy winds had set the ice field of Lake Erie in motion blocking the Niagara River entrance that stopped the River’s flow.
The protection of Israel troops had been blocked by one Babylonian used robe, 2.284 kilograms of silver, and more than half a kilogram (0.571) of gold, causing the death of 36 Israel soldiers running away from the chasing Ai soldiers. This incident brought a disappointing defeat to the Israelites.
When Achan, the son of Carmi, from Judah’s tribe, took away spoils from Jericho and hid them under his tent it was a defiance of God’s direct order. Achan’s sin brought trouble to the entire camp of Israel, (Joshua 6:18).
Probably during the first attempt to capture Ai, Achankept himself at the safest place, perhaps bothered by his conscience about his secret sin. Achan needed to voluntarily reveal the sin he committed upon arriving at the camp, but he did not do it.
Joshua evaluated their defeat as displeasure from God. The Lord warned him that one of his men violated the covenant with God by stealing from Jericho. Joshua investigated from tribe to tribe and family to family until they found the guilty one. Achan confessed his sin, but it was too late for pardon.
The sentence was pronounced and executed; Achan and his family were stoned to death at Achor’s valley.
Achan’s story is a reminder that sin’s penalty is death, and sin has a ripple effect. (Romans 6:23) His sin resulted in the death of 36 Israel soldiers plus himself and his family.
If we love God and know that He will forgive us we would immediately confess our sins; and avoid ugly consequences.
Joshua 7, 8; PP p .542