Do not trouble the Lord’s people

Joshua Bible Background

03.22.2018 – Old Testament: Jos 7.22–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 7–8 on March 22, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord always gets the firstfruits. Therefore, when Israel attacked the first city in the Land of Canaan, He wanted all the spoils of the war to go into the treasury. However, one man saw some things that he wanted and took them, so that when Israel went on to the next city, the Lord was not with them, and they fell easily before the enemy. 

The Lord revealed to Joshua the problem and they found the man who had coveted and taken what belonged to the Lord. Then the Bible says,

So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver under it. And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor. And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.” So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. Then they raised over him a great heap of stones, still there to this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Achor to this day (Joshua 7.22–26).

Troubling the Lord’s people has serious consequences.


  • Have you troubled the church?
  • Have you repented of it?

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