Confession glorifies God

Joshua Bible Background

03.22.2017 – Old Testament: Jos 7.19–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 7–8 on March 22, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

All the treasures of Jericho went to the Lord. Israel had to collect everything, but put it all in the treasury. However, a certain man saw something that he wanted, and he took it, causing Israel to lose their next battle,

Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I have done: When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it” (Joshua 7.19–21). 

He told the truth, and that glorified God because God had told Joshua what happened. When Joshua investigated and when Achan confessed, it all confirmed that God spoke the truth.

Questions:

  • Can you hide anything from God?
  • If not, have you tried to do so?

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