Unit 7, Session 4: Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai
As we continue exploring the Old Testament this week, we will encounter Achan disobeying God and taking something from Jericho after its defeat. Because of this, when Israel attacked Ai next, they suffered defeat. God helped Joshua uncover Achan’s sin, and God punished Achan for his sin.
The punishment for Achan’s sin was death. It seems harsh, but the Bible says that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Because we sin, we deserve to die too. Jesus came to die in our place. When we confess our sins and trust in Jesus, we are forgiven and saved from spiritual death.
Help your children see that God takes sin seriously, but He also offers forgiveness and eternal life with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ We can trust God. God always does what is right.
○ Achan’s wrong choice made trouble for God’s people.
○ God loves people, even when they make wrong choices.
○ God sent Jesus because He loves us.
○ Whom can we trust? We can trust God.
○ God punished Achan for his sin.
○ Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
○ God punished Achan for his sin. Then God fought for His people at Ai.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Joshua 1:9
● “Joshua’s Final Encouragement” (Joshua 23:1-24:28)
FLYTE: Defense (Preteens)
The Preteens will be starting a new FLYTE Unit this Sunday! And I, personally, am SO excited for it! It is called “DEFENSE” and its goal is to equip your kids with the theological foundations they need to understand their Christian Faith.
Ever asked someone if they believe in God? It’s rare for anyone to respond negatively. Most people will say, “Yes, of course, I believe in God.” However, that answer does not say what they believe about God or even which god they believe in. Various religions have different concepts of deity.
Some have one god and others have many gods. Christians need to know the God of the Bible and His attributes, some of which were expressed in the reflections of Job and in the Psalms. Job had lost his family, fortune, and health. He grew despondent over his fate, even to the point of wanting to die.
However, he admitted that God’s wisdom and purposes far exceeded his feeble ability to understand. So Job steadfastly acknowledged that God knew his situation and was sovereign. He yielded ultimate control of his life and circumstances to Him. Job repented of his wavering faith, and God restored his fortunes.
The psalmist, likewise, affirmed the all-knowing nature of God. He understood that nothing he said or did, nor anywhere he could go, was beyond divine perception. Neither heaven nor death was beyond God’s presence. The psalmist proclaimed that God’s sovereign rule is boundless. Even the stars in the heavens are numbered by Him, and His power and knowledge are limitless.
Pray. Father, make us constantly mindful of Your rule and presence over our lives. Help us to acknowledge Your power and love in all life’s circumstances.
FLYTE Plan: The world is full of gods that people have made to fit their ideals. The living God created the world and is eternal, holy, and perfect.
Bible Study: Job 42; Psalm 139:7-8; 147:4-5
Memory Passage John 3:16-17