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Wednesday, May 22 2019

A Bible Journey, 194: Stolen Booty

"Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel"

The English-language word "booty" originated from an ancient European seafaring people's word, byta, that meant to divide into portions. It came to be used for the goods, or spoil, taken from an enemy in war.


When the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) delivered the city of Jericho to the Israelites (see A Bible Journey, 193: The Fall Of The Walls Of The City Of Palm Trees), it was to be, not merely a capture, but for the Canaanites who needed a final fair warning, a total destruction - except for, as also a fair chance of salvation, those who had freely chosen to accept and follow the LORD's Way (see A Bible Journey, 189: The House Of Rahab).

"6:16 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. 6:17 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. 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." (Joshua 6:16-18 KJV)

Some of the Israelites however did not heed the LORD's command. They arrogantly let greed be their master.

"7:1 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." (Joshua 7:1 KJV)

The Israelites proceeded from Jericho to Ai, a city to the northwest, "on the east side of Bethel" - a city well-known to Jacob / Israel centuries before (see The Return To Bethel). It could and should have been another decisive victory for the Israelites, as they assumed it would be i.e. "Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few." They nevertheless were quickly repulsed by a much smaller force.

"7:2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.

7:3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. 7:4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. 7:5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water." (Joshua 7:2-5 KJV)

Joshua and Achan

It was a shock to the Israelites - even to Joshua who apparently assumed that the others had the same level of integrity. The LORD then declared to them why they were defeated: "They have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing."

"7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. 7:7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! 7:8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! 7:9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?

7:10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 7:11 Israel hath 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 it even among their own stuff. 7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.

7:13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you. 7:14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; 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. 7:15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel." (Joshua 7:6-15 KJV)

The LORD left it to Joshua to find the transgressors. Following a process of investigative elimination, the guilty man eventually confessed to the crime. Achan, by taking to himself what was accursed, had made himself accursed. His destruction happened as the things that he coveted should have been destroyed, according to the LORD's Command.

"7:16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: 7:17 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: 7:18 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.

7:19 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.

7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 7:21 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.

7:22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. 7:23 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.

7:24 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. 7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day.

And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. 7:26 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 7:16-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "accursed" mean in the Bible?
See The Accursed In History and Prophecy; see also The Traitor In History And Prophecy


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This Day In History

This Day In History, May 22

334 BC: Alexander the Great of Macedonia (see the study series below) defeated Darius III of Persia (see Ezra 6: The Decree Of Darius) at the Battle of the Granicus.

The Greek Empire: Cleopatra and The Ptolemies Of Egypt
The Greek Empire: The Seleucids and The Abomination of Desolation
The Greek Empire: Alexander's Horns To The Four Winds
The Greek Empire: Alexander's March To India
The Greek Empire: Alexander Of Macedonia
The Greek Empire: Between The Testaments

Alexander the Great

337: Roman Emperor Constantine died. Constantine was the creator of the Church of Rome and its "sun day" worship (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

Constantine with Sol Invictus

853: A Byzantine (east Roman Empire) fleet destroyed Damietta in Egypt.


1176: Hashshashins (an Arabic word, meaning "hashish eaters," from which the word assassin originated; see Assassins) attempted to assassinate Saladin (the Muslim sultan of Egypt; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) near Aleppo.

1200: King John of England and King Philip II of France signed the Treaty of Le Goulet to settle the claims that the Norman kings of England had as Norman dukes on French lands.

1246: Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.

1377: Pope Gregory XI declared five papal bulls (see Papal Bull) against English theologian John Wycliffe.

1455: The opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses took place at St. Albans. The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists.

1541: In Germany, the Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ended, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From that time on, the Protestant movement became permanent (doctrinally, there is little difference between Roman Catholic and "Protestant" Antichristians; see also Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).

1629: The Peace of Luebeck was signed to end hostilities between the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark.

1807: A grand jury indicted former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1826: HMS Beagle departed on its first sea voyage (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

Charles Darwin

1840: The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony was ended.

1939: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Why Does Satan Love Liars?) and Benito Mussolini (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.


1941: The German battleship Bismarck entered the high seas for the first and last time.

1960: An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the Moment Magnitude Scale, now known as the Great Chilean Earthquake, struck southern Chile. It is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.

1967: Egyptian President Nassar again (as he did in 1956, which led to the Sinai War; see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century) blockaded the Gulf of Aqaba by closing the Tiran Straits to Israeli shipping. It led to the Six Day War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).


1968: The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion and its crew of 99 was lost in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles southwest of the Azores (Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 miles west of Portugal).

1972: Under its new constitution, Ceylon became a republic and changed its name to Sri Lanka.

1990: North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen.

2002: A jury in Alabama convicted former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church in which four girls were murdered.

2008: 235 tornadoes during that week struck 19 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

2011: An EF5 Tornado strikes Joplin, Missouri killing 161 people. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since record keeping began in 1950.




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