Ten years ago, The Weakest Link premiered on the BBC in the United Kingdom. Quickly, the television game show spread around the world in various versions. In the American version, Anne Robinson, the British game show host, embodied the woman everyone loved to hate (okay…dislike).
In the original format, a team of 9 people worked together to answer a series of questions, with each consecutive answer accumulating an increasing amount of money. At the end of each round, the team voted on the weakest link, who was then eliminated.
In the same way, today we’re going to examine a weak link who affected a whole nation of people.
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INSIGHTS AND EXPLANATIONS
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THE WORD MADE FRESH
Our reading in Joshua 7 is a sobering example of the weakest link. Achan’s life—and death—shows us that our sin affects others. Look at how Achan’s actions affected the rest of Israel:
- 36 men died (:5)
- Israel’s army was paralyzed with fear (:5)
- The leaders faltered and were confused (:7-9)
- God threatened to withdraw His presence from His people (:12)
- Achan and his family were destroyed (:24-26)
Back in Deuteronomy, we studied that obedience brings life. In this chapter, Achan’s disobedience proved Moses’ words to be true.
- What spoke to you in today’s reading?
- How have you witnessed one person’s sin affecting a group of people?
- Jesus points to the shrewd manager as a hero of sorts. How was he a hero? What can we learn of him?
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Michael co-pastors The Neighborhood Church in Littleton, Colorado.