Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai (Joshua 2-4; 6)

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Dear Parents,

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.

READ: Joshua 7-8 with your kids.

MAIN POINT: God punished Achan for his sin. Then God fought for His people at Ai.

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.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

38. What does it mean to have faith in Jesus? To trust only Jesus to save us.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Next Week: Joshua’s Final Encouragement (Joshua 23:1-24:28)

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