After the success of the opening chapters, it does not take long before Israel blows it. It is an intriguing little section.
Joshua after the defeat Israel faced is informed by the Lord that the defeat they faced was due to sin that was amongst then. Joshua acts as commanded by the Lord and Achan stands before the assembly and this is what he has to say about himself:
20 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, [f] two hundred shekels [g] of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, [h] I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”
Achan saw, coveted and took. Sound a little familiar. Now listen to Gen 3:6
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Eve saw, coveted (fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye) and took.
Rebellion in the garden, rebellion in the land.
Though Israel go on to victory in Josh 8:28-29, we look forward to a greater victory Gen 3:15.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring [a] and hers; he will crush [b] your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Jesus would come and defeat sin, death and the devil. Now those who trust in that victory can look forward to a land free of rebellion. Heaven.
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