Joshua 7:11-12 KJV
[11] Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

[12] Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.

It was ACHAN, the son of Carmi of the tribe of Judah that stole from the stuffs in Jericho and his action brought a curse upon the whole of the children of Israel. It was him who stole from the cursed things but the Bible accounted that “…for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have stolen….”

It was ACHAN who should bear the consequences of his sin of covetousness, but instead, the Bible recorded that: ….”therefore, the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed…”
In 2 Samuel 24, when David counted the army of Israel against the will of God, and God became angry at the sin of David, It was not David that was immediately punished, a lot of people began to die in the land. The angel of death raised his sword over the land of Israel and began to kill.

2 Samuel 24:15,17 KJV
[15] So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.
[17] And David spake unto the Lord when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father’s house.

Why would the sin of one man lead to a terrible consequence for many innocent people who knew nothing about the sin? Why would the sin of David lead to the death of 70 thousands men of Israel, and the sins of ACHAN lead to the shameful defeat of the army of Israel and the death of 36 strong men of war? I could not decipher it.

In Jonah 1:3, it was Jonah who fled from the presence of the Lord to Tarshish, in disobedience to His instructions, but in Jonah 1:4, the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken. I have once heard of the collapse of a whole thriving company, because of the presence of a heady, disobedient child of God as a member of Staff.

1 Samuel 2:31-32, it was Prophet Eli that sinned against the Lord by honoring his children above the Lord, by refusing to correct his children’s misbehavior in the temple of God, but it was his whole generation after him that was cursed with a terrible cursed.

[31] Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. [32] ….. and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever.
In 2 Kings 5, it was GEHAZI, the servant of Elisha that sinned by collecting from Namaan the gifts the servant of God had rejected. He coveted it and lied to Namaan that his master had changed his mind, that he said he should collect some of the gift and bring them back to him. He spoilt the integrity of Elisha before Namaan. When he came back before Elisha:

2 Kings 5:26-27 KJV
[26] And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee , when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
[27] The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

The Prophet of God cursed him with the leprosy of Namaan and also cursed his innocent children after him, who knew nothing about his sins of covetousness and greed.
It was the 12 spies that went to spy out the land of Canaan that sinned and saw wrongly and reported wrongly, and the whole congregations of the house of Israel were turned into the wilderness to wander in the desert for 40 years. Why should the sin of one bring a load of consequences upon innocent others?
Do you realize that your actions and inactions could spell some consequences not only for you, but also for your group members, your children, your relatives and co-tenants or fellow workers?

Do you know that you habitual obstinacy and disobedience can spell some dooms to your children and immediate family? Because, if you are living or working in a wrong place against the will of God, whatever you reap there passes down on your children and family and probably relatives as well. Some people have taken their innocent children to where the Lord had not sent them and are suffering together with their children. Some leaders have misled their members and followers and are making them to suffer innocently at present. THE ANOINTING RUNS FROM THE HEAD DOWNWARD.

Let’s turn the coin onto the other side:
When the Israelites abode in Shittim, during their journey in the wilderness, they went and corrupt themselves with the gods of the land and to commit immorality with the women of the land. And God became angry at the whole congregation. While Moses was still rebuking the people, one of the sons of one of the elders of Israel brought into the camp before the full glare of the people one of those ladies and took her into his tent. Everybody was watching speechlessly in astonishment. But Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the Priest rose up among the people with his spear and went into the tent of the man and struck the man and the woman in anger and jealousy of the Lord God. Then, God looked at him from above and blessed him and his children after him forever.

Numbers 25:12-13 KJV
[12] Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:
[13] And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.

Joseph was another example. Because of he hand of the Lord upon him, the Lord blessed everything he did and wherever he was became blessed. for his sake, the Lord blessed the whole house and business of his Egyptian master, Portiphar. I have heard of a whole house becoming extremely peaceful because of the presence of a tenant child of God who carries some special grace. And I heard of a whole house becoming a troubled sea because of a tenant child of God who had lost favour with God and man.
Do you know that, like Joseph, your obedience to God can make you carry some abundant grace that will affect everyone around you? Your integrity and godliness can make you carry some atmosphere of favour and blessings that everyone would desire around you. Do you know that your deep consecration and dedications to God and His service is never only about you alone, but so many others are positively affected around you.

Do yo know that when Joseph stood and refused to sin with Portiphar’s wife, he carried the victory on behalf of the whole house of Jacob. He was promoted and landed in the dungeon where he met the butler of the king who mentioned him before the king later.

When I searched further the word of God, I discovered this principle is embedded in the Word of God already:

Romans 5:17-19 KJV
[17] For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
[18] Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
[19] For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.


Source: Evang. Mike Bamiloye|Published with permission

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