Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sin Is Never Private

But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. (Joshua 7:1)

  • One person’s actions can affect an entire group.
  • What happens to one happens to everyone.
  • We learn from the story of Achan that sin is never private.
  • After the great victory at Jericho, God gave Joshua specific instructions on how to deal with the city and its loot (Josh. 6:18).
  • The people were to abstain from the accursed things.
  • They were to put all the silver and gold into the treasury of the Lord.
  • But they disobeyed His command to them.
  • The interesting thing is, not all of Israel sinned.
  • Only one person did — Achan.
  • But because of his actions, everyone was affected and God was dishonored.
  • As followers of Jesus, we belong to one another.
  • Our individual actions can impact the entire body and God’s name.
  • Let us be careful so that we may individually and together give God the honor He deserves.
  • Our sin is never private, though we may try to hide it.
  • We belong to God and to one another.
  • What we do individually may grieve God and impact fellow Christians.
  • Private sins will inevitably have public impact.

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