06(Joshua 07,01-26) Sin in the Camp
I. The Defeat of Israel (Joshua 7:1-5)
§ Only 36 died. But this is the only recorded defeat in all of Joshua
§ The bigger defeat: the hearts of Israel melted.
§ Our hearts are so fragile. One moment lifted in victory, the next shattered in defeat.
II. The Despair of Joshua (Joshua 7:6-9)
§ Should have stayed where it was easier – should have left the church alone.
§ How do I respond to fear? The word will get out and we will be ashamed before our enemies.
III. The Decree of God (Joshua 7:10-15)
§ Get up!
§ You are defeated because there is sin in the camp.
§ God does not ignore sin!
§ The sin must be dealt with – it must not be tolerated, allowed to coexist.
§ It will spread like cancer – and no one will be unaffected.
IV. The Disclosure of Sin (Joshua 7:16-20)
A. Sin of the Gold (Joshua 7:21)
§ Gold was not to be left, per se.
§ It was to be salvaged and given to the treasury (Joshua 6:18-19).
§ Achan did not rob Jericho; he robbed God. He experienced the spoils of blessing and kept it all.
§ Achan did not confess willingly; only when he was caught. He had chances up to the end.
§ Psalm 32:1-7.
B. Sins of the Camp (Acts 5:1-11)
§ Annanias and Sapphira had been blessed by God.
§ They had promised it all – they hid some for themselves.
§ Result: they died.
§ God blesses financially – do you keep it for yourself?
§ God blesses with retirement – do you keep the time for yourself?
C. Sin of the Garment (Joshua 7:21)
§ Garment represents all that was to be destroyed – the accursed things.
§ Hiding the garment was an action of selfishness.
§ His action resulted in the death of 36 men; eventually destruction of his family.
§ This prohibition was clear – and yet his desire was greater.
D. Sins of the Camp
§ Corinth – tolerance for immorality, greed. Result: some were sick, some were dead (1 Cor 11:17-22; 29-30)
§ Thyatira – tolerance for immorality. Result: some would get sick, some would die. (Rev. 2:18-25)
V. The Destruction of Sin (Joshua 7:21-26)
A. That sin was destroyed with fire.
§ Hebrews 12:25-29
§ Galatians 5:19-20
B. Search our own tents.
§ Find where we have hidden things from God.
§ Consider the prayers we have made and the answers God has given.
§ Look at our current circumstances – is there sin behind the defeats we are experiencing?
C. Confess these hidden things.
§ To God: 1 John 1:9 – confess= to say the same thing; to agree with God about that thing as sin.
§ To Others: Achan was brought before Joshua and all Israel because they were affected by sin.
§ There are no secret sins!
§ Sins do affect other people!
§ Change direction. Not just feel bad about it.
§ Commitment to quit the sin.