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The Sin of Achan
Joshua 6 and 7
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Brief Outline Of The Book Of
Joshua
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• I. Entering the land of Canaan 1-5
• II. Conquering the land of Canaan 612
• III. Dividing the land of Canaan 1322
• IV. Joshua’s Farewell 23-24
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Book of Joshua
• Theme – Faithfulness of God
• Purpose – To show God fulfilled
His promise with Israel in giving
them their homeland
• Joshua 21:43-45
• Key Words – Conquest or
possession
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Introduction
• God’s plan to take the city
• Joshua 6:1-5
1. “Keep Yourselves From The
Accursed Thing”
• Joshua 6:17-19
• “Accursed” = The city was
devoted to the Lord
• Certain valuables within the city
were to be taken into the Lord’s
treasury
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1. “Keep Yourselves From The
Accursed Thing”
• The city itself was to be
destroyed along with the people
– with the exception of Rahab
and her family
• The Israelites were not to take
anything from Jericho for
personal use
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2. “But …Israel Committed A
Trespass In The Accursed Thing”
• Joshua 7:1
• Achan sinned but the whole
nation suffered because of it
• If others saw him and did not
report it then they also sinned
• Joshua 7:11
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3. “Tribe, family, households,
man by man”
• Joshua 7:14-15
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4. “I Saw…I Coveted…I
Took…They are hid…”
Joshua 7:20-21
Garments = valuable; possible
interwoven with pictures;
Gold and silver = of great value
Possibly equal to $150,000.00
(Bob Winton)
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5. “Stoned Him With Stones,
burned them with fire”
Joshua 7:25
Joshua 7:15
Deut. 25:16
Joshua 22:20
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Lessons For Us
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1. The power of temptation
David
Js. 1:13-15
2. “Be sure your sin will find you
out”
• Numbers 32:23
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Lessons For Us
• “Achan disobeyed God just to
possess treasures which he
could not even enjoy.” Lester
Kamp
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Lessons For Us
• 3. Sin hinders the Lord’s work
• 4. Sin brings punishment
• Rom. 6:23
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Lessons For Us
• “No one living today will be able
to avoid the penalty for their
sins, except those who obey the
gospel and live a faithful
Christian life.” Bob Winton
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References
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Outlined Commentary on Joshua by Bob
Winton
Eddie Whitten – Achan, The Troubler Of
Israel, Great Lessons From Old Testament
Characters, Memphis School of Preaching
Lectures, 1990
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