1. Joshua 9:1–27 (ESV)
  2. Application

Do no compound one sin while committing another

Joshua 9:1–27 (ESV)

1 As soon as all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland all along the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, heard of this,

It is very hard for us to live with the consequences of our sin (rather than trying to escape through further disobedience) when our sins and bad choices have a big impact on our lives.

The matter of pregnancy is another example. If you are in a dating relationship and your girlfriend becomes pregnant (or you become pregnant if you are a woman), you will probably think that your life is ruined and there’s no way that you are going to be able to show your face in church or speak with your family. Perhaps there was just one night where there was a lack of self-control and a sin was committed. You’d be very tempted to try and find a way of undoing your mistake by killing your child. But in that situation, if it should ever happen to you, or to someone in your family or someone in your church, the right thing to do is not to compound the sin by committing another. The right thing to do is to obey God from that moment onwards and trust him to care for us. You’ve sinned, yes; now you must trust God.