fbpx

CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide

THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

TOPIC: ANY ACCURSED THINGS IN YOUR MIDST? (I)

Read Joshua 7:10-15
10 So the LORD said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face?
11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.
12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.
13 Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the LORD God of Israel: “ There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which the LORD takes shall come according to families; and the family which the LORD takes shall come by households; and the household which the LORD takes shall come man by man.
15 Then it shall be that he who is taken with the accursed thing shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he has done a disgraceful thing in Israel.’ ”

MEMORISE:
Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the Lord God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you” (Joshua 7:13)

EXPOSITION
This question is extremely important for us to reflect on as the “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16). Israel had fought and defeated great nations on her way to the Promised Land. The Israelites saw God in action for them on several occasions. Before their very eyes, He parted the Red Sea and made Jordan to give way for them to cross into the Promised Land. All these happened because the Lord was among them, and He was faithful to His covenant with them. That is the covenant-keeping God for you!
There is a law in Israel’s God-given constitution that stipulates that a person or thing devoted to destruction must be totally destroyed without the possibility of redemption (Lev. 27:29). The whole city of Jericho fell into that category – devoted for destruction, and so was meant to be so. Anything otherwise amounted to flouting divine order, and to that would inflict destruction on offenders. However, on the positive side, the people of Israel were “devoted,” “separated” to be God’s “treasured possession” and “Kingdom of Priests” (Exod. 19:6). The tribe of Levi was ‘devoted’ to the Lord. The priests were ‘devoted’, and Aaron was given a special appointment as the high priest.
Things that are ‘devoted’ in a negative sense are things under divine ban, things that are doomed, and anathema. Achan coveted this and brought trouble into the entire theocratic state of Israel! When a man covets what God hates, he brings upon himself the unbearable wrath of God (cf. Rom. 6:23). God hates sin with passion. Anyone who goes contrary to this incurs His wrath. May the Lord help us not to fall in the circle of God’s enemies. Amen.

PRAYER POINTS

  1. Give God praises for setting you apart for His holy use.
  2. O Lord, search me through and through. Help me to discover and appropriately deal with any godless tendency or attitude in me.
  3. Lord Jesus, deliver Your Church in the land from godless infiltrations from the pit of hell.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Numbers 25 – 26

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: