Summary: The very thing that Achan brought into his home was symbolic of what Christians struggle with today...tithing and separation.
The Home That Was Cursed By The B.G.
By Rev. Eric D. Smith
16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.
Josh 7:1, 16-21
1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
…16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:
17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:
18 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.
20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
This is a very important message that I want to preach to you tonight. It is important because of the many times that you see Israel being invaded by an enemy that GOD ALLOWED into their land because Israel kept on refusing to follow after God. God spoke to me and said that this, what I am speaking tonight, is the root cause of why many Christians’ homes have become cursed. My people can rid themselves of the curse, and avoid my anger, my wrath and my judgment; but how many will hear? How many will take me serious? Too many Christians have become dull of hearing what the Spirit speaks.
You can be amused if you want to by the title of my sermon, but I did not title it this to be funny. I am speaking on the root cause of why Christians’ homes are being cursed. This “Babylonish Garment” that Achan coveted, I will abbreviate to the letters BG… and I have titled this message, “The Home That Was Cursed By The BG”.
Josh. 6:18 - And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
The commandment had come forth from God. Did God speak it forth through Joshua without any kind of foundation? Did God speak it forth without any underlying reasoning behind His commandment? Open your ears tonight and you will understand that God knew exactly why He spoke forth the prophecy of a curse upon anyone who would take of the accursed thing.
Now, the two types of things that Achan coveted from Jericho, is a direct type and analogy of the things that Christians struggle with today. He struggled with the gold and the silver, or the money. And he struggled with the BG. And because he disobeyed God, these things brought a curse into his life, and that curse flowed into his home and into his family, and it troubled his nation.
Before we go any further, I want to dispel the error of thinking that if something that we have allowed into our life hasn’t harmed us thus far, then it is OK. The very day that the idea was conceived in the mind of Achan and the accursed BG was brought into his home, the curse was started. But the consequences did not come upon him that day. So, we must understand that although the curse can be placed upon a person’s home or life by allowing something in that God said should not be there, the consequences do not necessarily come the same day or the same week or the same year in which someone performs the deed. As a matter of fact, Achan probably didn’t even consider that the defeat of Israel at Ai had anything to do with the curse that he had instigated by bringing the BG into his home. Achan, just like everyone else, probably was attributing the defeat to a superior enemy.