In this message, we find the tragic account of Achan. He thought that no one would ever find out about his sin. But certainly we find out that wasn't the case. I've always enjoyed helping on the volunteer fire departments at the various cities we've lived in. Several years ago, we were toned out to a structure fire about midnight. As we got closer to the neighborhood, we indeed saw that a house was on fire. We rolled up and flames were just beginning to come out of the roof. We made quick entry into the attic area and were able to put the fire out pretty quickly.
Shortly afterwards we found out the reason why the fire began. Two boys, 10-12 years old, had a hideout up in the attic of the house. They had stacked boxes around and made a little fort up there. Once in their fort, they would smoke in the attic. No one would ever find out about it. Mom and dad were gone. So they went up there and were having the time of their life smoking in the attic. When they were done, they took their cigarettes and pushed them down onto the rafters of the attic. They put the cigarettes out (or so they thought) and them covered them with insulation so no one would ever know about it. They had done this before and no one ever knew.
Mom and dad came home that night and everyone went to bed. Yet around 11:30 the boys began to smell smoke and the fire alarms went off. They left the house as the home began to burn. The firemen didn't take very long finding out what had happened. The insulation had smoldered for a while, ignited, and did about 60-70 thousand dollars worth of damage to the house. They thought they could smoke in the attic and no one would ever find out about their doing. Proverbs 28 says "He that covereth his sin, shall not prosper. But, whoso confesseth and forsaketh his sin shall find mercy."
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