Joshua 7, The Sin of Achan

a Breach of Trust

achanAmong the words in Hebrew that are translated as sin is the word ma’al which has the idea of a breach of trust. It can be between both of man with man, or man with God.

This is not the kind of sin that is a mistake. It is treason. It is unfaithfulness to our King. The kind of treachery where the wrongdoing is one of deception where one puts on a show of faithfulness.

“If any one commits a breach of faith and sins unwittingly in any of the holy things of the LORD, he shall bring, as his guilt offering to the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued by you in shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary; it is a guilt offering. Lev. 5:15 

“If any one sins and commits a breach of faith against the LORD by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor Lev. 6:2  

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