51st week: Covetousness Free Conscience! One for all and all for one – the musketeers must have read the Bible to come up with such a statement
“Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.” Joshua 7:11-12 (KJV)
When God’s servant Joshua destroyed Jericho with a glorious miracle victory and headed up for the next conquest city – Ai, no one doubted that Israel would defeat Ai as well, since it was a much smaller city. Yet, the people of Israel were scattered and Joshua was completely puzzled.
Well, we know that one of the Israelites, Achan, had taken of the accursed thing and thus had transferred the curse upon the whole of Israel. The Lord considered this a great sin, and a great sin it was indeed.
What I would like you to see though is the following: Achan does not represent unbelievers. What’s more, he does not represent immature believers as well. He was from the tribe of Judah. He was supposed to be among those on the front lines of every battle, among those praising and worshipping the Lord and among those who should have set the stage ready for the coming of the Messiah through their lineage – their tribe.
Does this talk about us – God’s men and women, called to carry His Spirit, His Glory and His Praise? Would we allow the sin of covetousness and selfishness to bring a curse upon God’s spiritual Israel – the Body of Christ? Romans 2:24 clearly states that God’s name is being blasphemed when His people do not live according to His principles and laws. So, let us not be an ANTI-example of Christ, driving the unbelievers away from God, but let us draw them nearer to Him through our “covetousness-free” conscience, knowing that this sin destroys not only ourselves and our families (Joshua 7:25), but also our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and the people the Lord wants to draw unto Himself. Let us “be therefore perfect, even as our Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48)
COVETOUSNESS - FREE CONSCIENCE
Pastor, Bible Teacher, Preacher, Translator, Publisher and Author