The Thief Achan

Achan is a biblical character that made headlines for all the wrong reasons. He made a terrible decision in the city of Jericho, and the impact of that decision reverberated not only through his family but also the Israelite people.

Finally, after years of wandering through the desert, the Israelites have crossed over the Jordan and entered into the land of Canaan. This was an event that was a long time in the making. But entering the land did not mean that the Israelites possessed the land. The Canaanites and other tribes of polytheistic idolaters stood in the way of Israel fulfilling their God-given destiny.

The story of Achan is, in a way, our stories. Here was an Israelite who ignored God. What happens when we do that? Achan provides a warning for us all.

Scripture: Joshua 6-7