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An Act, Many Names
by Olawale Ogunsola
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A notable man was arrested for corruption in an African country recently. He was charged to court without wasting time. More than one hundred count charges were brought against him. Do you wonder why so many charges were read against him? That is law for you. A single action has many other things attached to it. That happens in the law of every nation.
Do you know that this has its origin in the spiritual law? It does!
The Lord commanded His people, Israelites in Joshua 6; 18 thus,
“And you, by all means abstain from the accused things, lest you become accused when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and troubled it”.
The commandment is one for the people of God as they were about to conquer Jericho. Everyone, most especially the armed men, were aware of the warning.
However, a man would not obey this. He went his own way and not in the way of Lord. Joshua 7:1 reveals,
“But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accused things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zeran, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel”.
Taking of the accursed things (a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekel of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels) by this man brought anger of the Lord on His people and He vowed not to “be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you” verse 12 (d)”
Now, lets us consider ten names given to this single act of Achan, using Joshua chapter seven as our guide.
One, Achan committed a trespass. This extends to all children of Israel. Verse one of the chapter quoted earlier states this.
Two, he sinned to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is contained in verses eleven (a) and twenty. He confessed in verse twenty,
“Indeed, I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel……”
He could not deny it because he knew what he has done.
Three. Achan transgressed the commandment of the Lord. He was a transgressor. He committed a transgression. verse eleven (b) reads, “and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them”. He was not serious with the Lord’s covenant.
Four, it is taking of the accursed things, verse eleven(c). The Lord complained to Joshua, “ for they have even taken some of the accursed things, “ By this, the people of God became accursed and “they have become doomed to destruction”
That is verse twelve(c) of Joshua seven. II Corinthians 6:17 also says,
“Come out from among them
And be separated, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
Five, it is stealing. Verse (d) states
“And have both stolen and deceived.”
Those accursed things did not belong to God’s people by right, so they stole them by the hand of Achan. Exodus 20:15 declares,
“You shall not steal”
Six, this is deceit. They were guilty of deceit. They deceived others in Achan.
The man hid what was stolen among his possession. No man knew it but God alone. He was a deceiver. This is evident in verse twelve (d) above this is an act of dissembling.
Seven, The people of God, through the act of Achan, was guilty of cohabiting with strange stuff. Achan reveals in Joshua 7:21
“And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it” That is a strange stuff that should not be with him.
Eight, he wrought folly in Israel. Hear the Lord speaking by the mouth of Joshua,
“…and because he has done a disgraceful thing in Israel” verse 15(d).
It was a disgraceful act in the midst of God’s people.
Nine, it is covetousness. Achan said this, “when I saw among the spoils…I coveted them and took them” Exodus 20:17 says, “you shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Ten, it is bringing trouble on himself, household and the nation. Joshua said,
“Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you today.” Verse 25.
Achan lost his life on that day with those of his children (verse 24). Do not forget that many men fell by the hands of the people of Ai because of the evil act of Achan. The account of this is contained in verse five of this chapter under consideration
Apostle James is then right to declare in chapter two of his epistle in verse ten that, "for whoever shall keep the whole law and yet stumbled in one point, he is guilty of all. Under the weight of load of these names, Achan lost his life and those of his sons. This fulfills the scripture that says, “| the wages of sin is death.” Romans 3:23.
Therefore, you need to eliminate from your life any evil act that is in you so that you will not die under the weight of sins.
Note: All Scripture quotations are from New King James Version of the Bible (1990) by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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