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September 16, 2021

Joshua 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.”

Among the spoils of life, there will always be a “goodly Babylonish garment.” You see, the fact that it was a “Babylonish garment” was not necessarily consequential. There may have been many more “Babylonish garments” among the spoils of Jericho.

It was specifically Achan’s perception that drew him to this particular garment, as the bible tells us that in his mind (at least) it was “goodly.” That means it was favorable, beautiful, or even the best. There were not others like unto this one and so he had to have it! In fact, he coveted it.

Would God that you and I would guard ourselves against the deception of perception!

As we look through God’s word we consistently see men and women falling into sin and desiring sin because it looked good! The bible tells us of Eve that she “…saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes…” (Gen. 3:6).

Or of Lot who the bible says “…Lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.” (Gen. 13:10).

The examples in scripture go on and on. You’ll notice quite often the excuse for our sin starts the same way that Achan’s did, with the words “When I saw…”

Oh, we live in such a graphic age! It would seem that the eye has no boundaries given today’s technology. Television, the internet, social media, they all promote many egregious things. We then must be ever so diligent in setting our sights and our affections on things above not on things on the earth.

Make no mistake, everyone will stumble upon their own version of a “goodly Babylonish garment.” There is some sin in everyone’s life that looks “goodly” to them. Guard yourself and consider the consequences if you don’t.

Not only did Achan lose his life, he also cost his family their lives and because he brought a curse upon Israel, he also cost the 36 men of Israel their lives when they went to fight Ai. In the end was it really worth it anyway? That garment and the silver and gold all ended up buried in the ground because he had to hide them. I wonder Christian what is it that you’ve hid in the midst of your tent because it was “goodly” to look upon?


Parting thought:

Let us expel those things from our hearts that we are holding onto that looked so good. The cost is far greater than the worth.

The assurance of every truth of scripture is just the beauty of it. First because He has promised to do it; and God's promises are bonds that never yet were dishonored. Secondly, because Christ Jesus hath taken an oath that He will do it.“ ~C.H. Spurgeon