Dealing With Sin in the Congregation

And the LORD said unto Joshua, ‘Get you up; why are you lying upon your face?  Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put even among their own stuff.  Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except you destroy the accursed from among you.  Up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for this says the LORD God of Israel, ‘An accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: you can not stand before your enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you.  In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, the tribe which the LORD takes shall come according to the families, and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.  And it shall be, he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he has: because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.’
So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: 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: 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.  And Joshua said unto Achan, ‘My son, give, I pray you, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto Him; and tell me now what you have done; hide it not from me.’
And Achan answered Joshua, and said, ‘Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and these things have I done: ‘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.’
So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.  And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.  And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.  And Joshua said, ‘Why have you troubled us? The LORD shall trouble you this day.’ And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.  And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, ‘The valley of Achor,’ unto this day.  Joshua 7:10-26

REFERENCES: Numbers 5:6; 14:45; Joshua 6:18; Exodus 19:10; Proverbs 16:33; Genesis 34:7; Judges 20:6; 1 Samuel 14:42; 2 Chronicles 30:22; Deuteronomy 17:5

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