Was Achan punished because he did not confess his sin to Joshua?

Question: Can somebody be punished for not telling their leaders about the sin they have committed, like how Achan was punished for not telling Moses about his sin until God found him out? Answer: “But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of…

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Was Achan’s family destroyed along with him?

Question: Was Achan’s family destroyed along with him? I have found through other commentaries, Henry; Clarke; Jamison, Faucett, and Brown, etc. both yes and no answers. I’d like to know before this Sunday morning’s Bible class. Thank you in advance. Answer: “Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the…

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How many priests carried the ark of God across river Jordan?

Question: How many priests carried the ark of God across river Jordan? Answer: In the building of the ark we find: “You shall cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in its four corners; two rings shall be on one side, and two rings on the other side. And you shall make…

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I’ve read that Joshua’s conquest of Jericho and Ai could not have happened.

Question: I’ve been reading about archaeology and the city of Ai and that Joshua’s conquest could not have happened there as the Bible claims. I really could use some help with that. Answer: You need to keep in mind that the “datings” by archeologists are based on modern-day chronologies which have a likelihood of errors. What is…

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You don’t really teach children about the stoning of Achan, do you?

Question: I stumbled across your web site and saw the drawing of the stoning of Achan. In the upper right, it said something about pictures going with children’s Bible stories. You don’t really mean to teach children about stoning, do you? The Stoning of Achan Joshua 7:24-26 Answer: You misunderstood. The pictures are from an old…

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Questions about the Battle of Jericho

Question: I am getting ready to give the lesson Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. I have a few things that I had not noticed before and wondered if you had considered them. In Joshua 5:15 a reference is made to “sandal” NKJV or “shoe” KJV. Since this is in the singular form, do you…

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What saved Joshua and Caleb?

Question: While teaching then the book of Numbers last evening all went pretty well until we arrived at chapter 14. The question was asked: “Apparently, what saved Joshua and Caleb?” I said that it was Moses because he was their mediator and interceded for the people. Several in the class disagreed and said it was…

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Who is the commander of the Lord’s army?

Question: Who is the commander of the Lord’s army? Answer: “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or…

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How many monuments were raised in Joshua 4?

Question: I’m a bit confused. How many monuments were raised in Joshua 4? I thought there were two, but my husband says there was only one. Answer: Perhaps outlining the events in chapter 4 will make things clearer: The people of Israel finished crossing the Jordan (Joshua 4:1) Joshua picked twelve men, one from each…

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