Have you ever taken fresh baked bread out of the oven? Then you know that you have to let it cool before you can cut into it. The Holy Spirit gave me fresh bread the other day. I’ve been waiting for it to cool (percolate in my spirit) before I could cut into it and share it with you.
This is piecemeal as He continues to disclose this insight about covetousness. Let’s go back to the garden. Genesis 3:6 says, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate it…”
Note that Eve saw, took, and ate. She coveted it and took it. After she and Adam ate the forbidden fruit, what did they do? They hid. This pattern of covetousness plunged all of mankind onto satan’s hook.
Jesus said in John 14:30, “…the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” Why do we hide what we take through covetousness? Achan did. Think of robberies, drug dens, affairs, sex and human trafficking, and our last election.
Joshua 9 is the story of how the Gibeon men deceived the leaders of the children of Israel. What did they covet? Verse 24 was their answer when Joshua asked them why they did what they did. It says, “…we were very much afraid for our lives because of you, and have done this thing.” They coveted safety for their lives, even though they would be placed in servitude.
Here is something else to consider. First to note is in verse 14. It is a present warning to us. It says that they were deceived because, “…they did not ask counsel of the Lord.” We error in everything that we do independent of God.
Second to note were Joshua’s chilling pronouncements over those who planned their deception. Verse 23 says, “Now therefore, you are cursed and none of you shall be freed from being slaves…” They became slaves to the curse. Do you have something that has you enslaved?
Have you ever felt like you were cursed? Verse 20 says of the leader’s decision, “…we will let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them.” Later in history Saul killed them. What was the result? You can read about it in 2 Samuel 21:1-9.
Proverbs 26:2 says, “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.” If you have suffered calamity after calamity, or one disaster after another, you might ask the Holy Spirit if you have broken any vows that you made before the Lord.