The truth that sets free is not the one that is coerced out of our lives. That was Achan’s mistake. He kept quiet while the process rolled. I don’t know what he believed in, because if he believed in God all Israel served, he should have thought twice. His greed was stronger than his fear of that God. This how one writer puts on the confession of sins: ” Confession of sin is the admission of what we did and the agreement with God that our actions or words were wrong. In a court of law, a person who confesses to a crime is agreeing that he or she did in fact violate a societal standard. When we confess our sins, we are admitting that we violated God’s law. We admit that we chose to do, say, or think something opposed to God’s will, and we stand guilty before Him ”. When such confessions are accompanied by repentance, there’s bound to be a forgiveness. In Achan’s case, he began to give am explanation to justify his actions. I listened to hear: ” I’m sorry ”. Apparently, it doest look like the phrase was in use in his time, or he didn’t know how to repent. The same writer continues, ‘: Confession without repentance is only words. Most people will confess to a sin when caught red-handed, but they may have no intention of changing”. The writer was not thinking of Achans when he answered the question of what confession is. The irony is that it fits Achan’s narrative. What motivates your confessions? Is it fear or faith?
And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. Joshua 7:20-21 KJV