Tuesday, March 20

We have a deal!

Scripture: Joshua 7-8, Psalm 69, 1 Corinthians 5

 Joshua 7:10-11 The Lord then said to Joshua, “Stand up! Why are you on the ground?  11 Israel has sinned. They have violated My covenant that I appointed for them. They have taken some of what was set apart.”

Joshua 7:20 Achan replied to Joshua, “It is true. I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel.”

Observation

They had a deal.

The Lord and Israel had a covenant, and part of the deal was that Israel would not keep the spoils of Jericho, but would devote it to the Lord.  Achan broke the covenant, kept some spoils, and the Lord withdrew from them.  Consequently, when the Israelites attacked Ai (without the Lord’s presence or blessing), they were soundly defeated, and 36 of them died.  The whole nation was put at risk, since the defeat might encourage their enemies to band together, attack and wipe them out.  Achan’s sin had deadly consequences for many, and potentially for all.

The penalty for his disobedience and treachery was death.

Application

I am Achan.

I am a covenant breaker.  I have disobeyed God many times, and the penalty for that disobedience and treachery is death.  (Romans 6:23)

But I’m under a new covenant now—one established through Jesus.  He died in my place, so that I can be forgiven.  When Achan confessed, he died.  When I confess, I’m forgiven because Jesus died.

Achan’s story reminds me of my own treachery, of what I deserve—and of God’s amazing grace to step in Himself and take my punishment.  We live under a new covenant made with the blood of Jesus.

We have a deal!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for stepping in for me on the cross, for taking my place, and making a way for me to live!  Thanks for the new covenant!