CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL FEBRUARY 22, 2022. (ANY ACCURSED THINGS IN YOUR MIDST? (I))
TOPIC: ANY ACCURSED THINGS IN YOUR MIDST? (I)
Read Joshua 7:10-15
MEMORISE: Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the Lord God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you” (Joshua 7:13)
This question is extremely important for us to reflect on as the “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16). Israel had fought and defeated great nations on her way to the Promised Land. The Israelites saw God in action for them on several occasions. Before their very eyes, He parted the Red Sea and made Jordan to give way for them to cross into the Promised Land. All these happened because the Lord was among them, and He was faithful to His covenant with them. That is the covenant-keeping God for you!
There is a law in Israel’s God-given constitution that stipulates that a person or thing devoted to destruction must be totally destroyed without the possibility of redemption (Lev. 27:29). The whole city of Jericho fell into that category – devoted for destruction, and so was meant to be so.
Anything otherwise amounted to flouting divine order, and to that would inflict destruction on offenders. However, on the positive side, the people of Israel were “devoted,” “separated” to be God’s “treasured possession” and “Kingdom of Priests” (Exod. 19:6). The tribe of Levi was ‘devoted’ to the Lord. The priests were ‘devoted’, and Aaron was given a special appointment as the high priest.
Things that are ‘devoted’ in a negative sense are things under divine ban, things that are doomed, and anathema. Achan coveted this and brought trouble into the entire theocratic state of Israel! When a man covets what God hates, he brings upon himself the unbearable wrath of God (cf. Rom. 6:23).
God hates sin with passion. Anyone who goes contrary to this incurs His wrath. May the Lord help us not to fall in the circle of God’s enemies. Amen.
1. Give God praises for setting you apart for His holy use.
2. O Lord, search me through and through. Help me to discover and appropriately deal with any godless tendency or attitude in me.
3. Lord Jesus, deliver Your Church in the land from godless infiltrations from the pit of hell.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Numbers 25 – 26
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE