Thursday, July 09, 2009

Stone Piles in Memory of Sinners

Do you have any monuments to remind you of your past failures and God's judgement of those failures? Usually when I think of monuments, I think of successes - something left as a tribute to great people. In Joshua 7 there is a monument left to remind people of great sin and God's judgment on that sin.

22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was hidden in his tent with the silver underneath. 23 And they took them out of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel. And they laid them down before the Lord. 24 And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones that remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor.


Lord, please help us to learn from our sins as well as the sins of others.

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