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The Accountable Dare       Josh. 7:1, 5-8, 10-15      June 17, 20121



Every Christian needs to read this chapter and seek to apply it personally.


1.   Accountability and The . . Consequences of Sin. 7:1, 5 

       A.   The Consequences of Sin Caused by . . Disobedience. 7:1

1 The Israelites, however, were unfaithful regarding the things set apart for destruction. Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of what was set apart, and the LORD’s anger burned against the Israelites.


       B.   The Consequences of Sin Resulted In the . . Death of Several Men. 7:5

5 The men of Ai struck down about 36 of them and chased them from outside the gate to the quarries, striking them down on the descent. As a result, the people's hearts melted and became like water.

       Disobedience to the Lord’s command about destruction of the things set apart cause many solders to die in

the battles at Ai. Sin caused the protection of God to be withdrawn. This is a good lesson for all of us to

 remember. We need to deal with sin before we go out to any kind of battle. This sin was a deliberate act of disobedience and although it was the sin of one man it took the protection of God off of Israel.

The hand of God’s protection over the fighting


2.   Accountability and The . . Comprehension of Sins Seriousness. 7:6-11

       A.   Joshua . . Lacked Understanding about the Cause of Israel’s Defeat. 7:6-7

       6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell before the ark of the LORD with his face to the ground until

       evening, as did the elders of Israel; they all put dust on their heads. 7 "Oh, Lord GOD," Joshua said, "why

       did You ever bring these people across the Jordan to hand us over to the Amorites for our destruction? If

       only we had been content to remain on the other side of the Jordan!


       B.   Joshua . . Leaned on the Lord for Understanding about Israel’s Defeat. 7:8-9

       8 What can I say, Lord, now that Israel has turned its back and run from its enemies?

       9 When the Canaanites and all who live in the land hear about this, they will surround us and wipe out our

       name from the earth. Then what will You do about Your great name?"


       C.   Joshua . . Learned about the Cause of Israel’s Defeat. 7:10-11

       10 The LORD then said to Joshua, "Stand up! Why are you on the ground?

       11 Israel has sinned. They have violated My covenant that I appointed for them. They have taken some of

       what was set apart. They have stolen, deceived, and put the things with their own belongings.

       Joshua took his concern to the Lord in prayer but he lacked understanding as to the sin in their camp. Joshua while praying leaned on the Lord for understanding and God revealed to him what he must do to correct the ability of Israel’s fighting men. Joshua learned the real cause of Israel’s lack of fighting ability. It is interesting that God basically told Joshua to stop praying and deal with the sin centered in one man but affecting

the entire camp of Israel. I focus on this chapter of Joshua and wonder if their or not times the Christian nation today ought to get off their knees and fix the sinful practices of our person sins, collective sins of our church or churches and the sins of our nation.


3.   Accountability and The . . Cause of Israel’s Defeat. 7:12-13

       A.   God Revealed to Joshua what . . Caused Israel’s lack of military ability. 7:12

12 This is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies. They will turn their backs and run from their enemies, because they have been set apart for destruction. I will no longer be with you unless you remove from you what is set apart.


       B.   God Revealed to Joshua Israel’s Need to . . Consecrate themselves to God. 7:13

13 "Go and consecrate the people. Tell them to consecrate themselves tomorrow, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says, 'There are among you, Israel, things set apart. You will not be able to stand against your enemies until you remove what is set apart.

       God asked Joshua to get off his knees and stop praying in order to teach him what caused Israel’s problem. Do we take the privilege of prayer for granted? Joshua did not give it a thought that disobedience caused their problem. The people of Israel though God was with them just like he had been in earlier battles. Some men died because of one man’s sin. That does not seem fair but all of us need to realize our sin can cause problems for our family, and nation. The Lord commanded Joshua to take the entire nation of people and consecrate (set apart) themselves by tribes. This action place the proper significance to the seriousness of the sin in their camp.


4.   Accountability and The . . Costly Remedy for Sin. 7:14-15

       A.   The Costly Remedy for Sin and the . . Selection of the guilty Person. 7:14

14 In the morning you must present yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe the LORD selects is to come forward clan by clan. The clan the LORD selects is to come forward family by family. The family the LORD selects is to come forward man by man.


       B.   The Costly Remedy for Sin and the . . Setting Apart of the guilty Person. 7:15

15 The one who is caught with the things set apart must be burned, along with everything he has, because he has violated the LORD's covenant and committed an outrage in Israel.'" HCSB

       What is the remedy for the hand of God to be back upon Israel? There must be the selection of the guilty person or persons and the setting aside of them their belongings and family. They are to be burned along with all their belongings. I have read somewhere where it was suggested the things set apart were contaminated with diseases that would have caused much death in the camp of Israel. Disobedience always is a type of disease. Look at our nation and see how people of sinful practices keep emphasizing their life style in order to get their sinful conduct approved as normal. There needed to be a setting apart in Israell and we could apply that to the United States. In mu opinion The Accountable Dare needs to be applied to our nation. Amen? Amen!