Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 79

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Welcome to Day 79 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Joshua 7, 8; Psalms 69; 1 Corinthians 5 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Joshua 7:1 “But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the LORD’s anger burned against Israel.”

v 20 “Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 21 When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

Then all Israel stoned him…

Joshua 8, Israel attacked Ai once more after their failed attempt… They conquered Ai, killing everyone and plundering the city, leaving it in ruins…

Psalm 69:30, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.”

1 Corinthians 5, “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.”

O bservation

We would all love to think that our sin doesn’t affect anyone but ourselves, but that’s often not the case. Achan was disobedient to the command given by Joshua before they attacked Jericho…

Joshua 6:18, “But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.”

Thirty six people died in that battle… a relatively small number in comparison to the 3,000 that fought… the Lord was not with them, because of Achan’s disobedience. He probably thought no one would ever find out he had kept some of the devoted things. God saw. God knew. And he paid for it.

In 1 Corinthians Paul is talking about sin inside the church and sin outside the church. He basically said, “How do you expect people outside the church to act??” Of course they are going to be sexually immoral or whatever… but INSIDE the church, it should be different. People should behave differently. He goes so far to say that you should not associate with a person who claims to be a Christian yet is sexually immoral… or greedy or a drunkard. He said to not even eat with them!

I wonder what Jesus would say about that?

Bottom line is our sin does affect others around us. People love to say “I’m not hurting anyone!” But that’s often not the case. Achan’s disobedience affected all of Israel. And cost 36 people their lives. And his as well.

P rayer

Lord, none of us are perfect… we’re all in process. But we need your help to put our past behind us, to avoid “the sin that so easily entangles us” as it says in Hebrews.






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  1. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

    There is a fine line between disassociating with people and being judgmental and self-righteous. Jesus invites us sinners into His kingdom through repentance. It was echoed in three gospels that He calls a young, wealthy man to sell his belongings, give to the poor, and follow Him. His command to the young lady who was caught in adultery was, “Go and sin no more.” Continuing friendships with those who engage in destructive behavior serves to condone the behavior in others as well as drag us down with it. It is painful to watch loved ones go through a downward spiral of sinful behavior and ignore attempts to help. Our sin definitely does impact others.

    I need to take a stand against sinful behavior of fellow Christians. It is impossible to live 100% sin free, but I should always seek out sinful areas of my life and change. I should concern myself with my own sin first and foremost and try to set an example for others. I need to engage in intercessory prayer for those who are being tempted into sin.

    Lord, I want to have true repentance in my heart. I don’t want to cover up my sin or hide it away. There is no rationalizing sin for it only separates us from You. Let me not cast stones selectively at this sin or that in others, but instead help me to remove the plank in my eye while helping others with the specks in theirs. Thank you, Jesus, for being the ointment that heals our eyes after these foreign objects are removed.

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