Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on December 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM|
Sometimes it pays to wait. Your life may depend on it.
When we study the story of Achan we discover what the "accursed thing" was. What "thing" was it, you ask?
"The accursed 'thing'" (see Joshua 7:1) was the hid spoils of war—the silver and gold. Why? God wanted it. It was to come "...into the treasury of the LORD...."
"And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD." (Joshua 6:18-19)
Chances are, Achan saw "the goodly Babylonianish garment" first, which led him to look further to see if there was any more booty that could be acquired. (I wonder, if he had only kept the garment and not the precious metals that were found with it if we would be reading this story that led to his demise?)
If Achan had just WAITED for the next battle, he wouldn't have trespassed (Joshua 7:1) God's will/commandment, and could have kept the spoils of war for himself...
"And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise , go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it." (Joshua 8:1-2)
Don't be in such a rush to get something you might want or think you need.
My advice: Wait.