Pastor's Pen: I'm not hurting anyone

After entering the Promised Land, the Israelites were told to walk around Jericho once a day for six days and then seven times on the seventh day.

With sounds of trumpets and shouts of victory the walls of Jericho fell and Israel conquered this great city.

The people of the city were all killed, except Rahab and her family. Everything was burned and the items of gold, silver, bronze and iron were dedicated to the treasury of the Lord…..at least they were supposed to be.

One man, Achan, saw the plunder and took for himself a beautiful robe from Babylonia, 5 pounds of silver and a 1 ¼ pound wedge of gold. Out of what was most certainly a massive treasure, that wasn’t really very much.

However it did cause a big problem.

The next battle against a smaller city resulted in Israel being run off and 36 Israelite soldiers being killed. Because of one man’s sin a people that may easily have numbered over 2 million were defeated.

One man’s sin affected an entire nation.

Many times we delve into sin thinking, “I’m not hurting anyone, except maybe myself. It’s no big deal.”

But over and over the Bible indicates that our sin is not merely self-inflicting. It brings harm to many others.

Take Adam’s sin. Because of his sin, every single person born is now a sinner. What about Abraham? Because he decided to have a child with Hagar there is now great conflict in the Middle East. David’s sins resulted in people dying. What makes you and I think we can contain the havoc of our sins any more than Adam, Abraham, David or Achan?

Today, before deciding to follow your own evil desire; remember your history. Look back and learn from those who have gone before.

“Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.” (1 Corinthians 10:8) What do your thoughts and actions say about where your heart is set?