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August 17, 2014 | Prescription for an Achan Nation


Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside


Joshua 7:1-26


Summary:  Its not the Jerichos that defeat most Christians...it’s the Ais.


Have you ever noticed the similarities between Israel and Christian America?  Both bountifully blessed by God, having great victories and claiming powerful promises of God.  And both flirting with defeat by turning away from Him. Both nations have a friend in God and both have enemies that would love nothing more than to destroy them.


The spoils of Jericho were all to be dedicated to the Lord.  “All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury” (Joshua 6:19).


  1. It’s the principle of the first fruits...found throughout the Bible. The first of everything belongs to God.

  2. ●   When we give God the first-fruits we are recognizing His provision.

    ●   We are also recognizing His Lordship.

    ●   Finally, we are recognizing His power.

  3. Anything you steal from God has a curse on it (v. 1).

  4. The progression and consequences of robbing from God (v. 21).  Achan saw, coveted, took, and hid.



There was 2 parts to this sin: personal and national.


  1. First, there was personal guilt involved...Achan saw, he coveted, he took, and he hid.
  3. Second, there was also national guilt.  The entire nation of Israel bore some responsibility for Achan’s sin. This was an Achan Nation!
  5. We, the people of God, are in some sense responsible for the sins of America. I’m talking about something called corporate guilt.


  • It’s time we admit that we are in a mess in America and we all share the blame for the moral slide we’re on!
  • We all share the responsibility for what is wrong, and we must all share the responsibility to make it right.



Three reasons for Israel’s corporate sin [an Achan Nation]:


  1. Pride, (v. 3).
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:12   “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
  5. Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
  7. Presumption: They assumed that God was with them.
  9. Solomon 2:15 “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards....”
  11. Prayerlessness.  All our failures are prayer failures.

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