Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Joshua Ch. 7: Entire Family Executed Because Dad Looted Jericho - After taking Jericho, Yahweh gets pissed off. Achan, son of Zerah, apparently did a little looting after Jericho. Shortly thereafter, Israelites lose a battle against the men of Ai.
So, Joshua gets paranoid and asks Yahweh, "What's the big deal?" Yahweh says that Achan, son of Zerah, took "the accursed thing" and that he should be killed. Joshua investigates the matter and questions Achan; who confesses. He apparently stole some clothing and some money.
For this crime, Joshua rounds Achan, his sons and daughters, his livestock, and the loot together. When they were all huddled together, the Israelites threw large stones at them, effectively killing them all because old Achan decided to partake of the spoils of war.
So, what do you think? Do you think Achan and his entire family deserved to die because of his actions?