Morning Message of Motivation
Leadership Transitions: 30
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Some mistakes of men, bring troubles on their own houses and nations.
Proverbs 15:27 NKJV
“He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.”
Achan brought trouble upon all Israel.
Joshua dedicated Jericho to God as a kind of first fruits offering. Every precious thing in Jericho was to be given to God.
Israel was not to take any booty.
Joshua 6:18 NKJV
“And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.”
Achan disobeyed and took gold, silver and clothing, and Israel lost the next battle in a small village called Ai.
After much prayer by Joshua and the elders, God exposed Achan, by lot.
Joshua asked Achan to confess his sin.
Joshua 7:20 NKJV
“And Achan answered Joshua and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done:”
Achan had coveted and stolen gold and silver.
“When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them”
This theft of Achan directly led to Israel’s first military defeat.
Joshua 7:25 NKJV
“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.”
Achan’s sin was attributed to the entire nation.
Joshua 7:11 NIV
“Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions.”
Adam sinned as an individual, but he opened a door for sin and death to gain control over all his unborn descendants, because he was a representative father.
Thankfully Christ also represented the entire human race, as an atonement for our sins.
May you represent your family both born and unborn with excellence.
May your actions and decisions bring great blessings for you and all, in Jesus’ name.