Serious Business

“Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: 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.”” Joshua 7:20-21

Sin is serious business. Let’s look briefly at the passage above and its description of the process of sin. When the Israelites battled Jericho, they were told to not take any plunder, but Achan couldn’t resist. When caught he begins his confession with, I saw. That was the birth of temptation.

Achan could have stopped there resisting the temptation and avoiding the sin. But after seeing, he confesses, I coveted. What he saw, he couldn’t stop wanting, and this led naturally to the climax of his confession: I took.

The same process led Eve to sin when tempted by the serpent. He got her to consider that God might unfairly be withholding something from her and Genesis 3:6 tells us she saw, she coveted, and she took.

James 1:13-14 tells us: “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”

God warned Cain about the power of sin, telling him: “sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6)

Metaphorically, there is a door to your heart. Sin is crouching there, but Jesus is also there. He said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20). You have a choice. You hold the key to the door. Say “no” to sin; say “yes” to Jesus.


Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church