Liable to Destruction
Published at : 13 Jan 2021
During the battles against Jericho (where the wall came down after Joshua and the Israelites circled the city for 7 days), Joshua gave the instruction in Joshua 6:17
“The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her shall be spared.
He clearly warned them of the danger.
Vs. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel “Liable to Destruction and bring trouble on it.
Vs. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.
But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things, because Achan took some of the devoted things. When Joshua then attacked Ai, although it was a small town, they were roundly defeated. The army of Ai chased away the Israelites and put fear in their hearts.
Joshua fell facedown before the Lord, tearing his cloths and praying. God asked Joshua to stand up, revealing to him that the defeat was because Israel had sinned. The silver, gold and the Babylonian garment that Achan took and hid under his tent was speaking against his home and the whole of Israel. Note that nobody else knew about it. Achan’s wife and children were not aware. In the same way, some people have gone to engage in things their family is not aware of, and these are speaking against them.
By the actions of one person, 36 people died and his complete household was destroyed. This shows how one person can derail an entire nation or the body of Christ. The solution to avoiding destruction is in Joshua 7:13.
Anything thing is sacred and devoted which you have mishandled must be rectified. Psalm 139:23-24 says “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Examine with your Holy Spirit.” Ask the Lord through His Holy Spirit to search you and show you in what areas you need to make amends so you can avoid destruction.
Never forget that a man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance. Proverbs 28:13 TLB.