David restored to Mephibosheth the land that had belonged to his grandfather, King Saul, and David welcomed Mephibosheth to his royal table. Because David loved Jonathan and wanted to do something kind to a member of Saul’s household “for Jonathan’s sake” (2 Samuel 9:1).
I’d ask them how many bites of the fruit it would have taken to become a punishable act.
They got it—that it’s not the size of the disobedience but the meaning behind it that’s the problem.
One of the most powerful ways my husband loves me is by loving my sister.
To be completely honest, my sister and I don’t get along that well. I think Griff and Leanne like each other well enough, though I doubt they would have sought each other out and become friends had not marriage made them siblings-in-law.
And second, all of the Israelites were held responsible for the sin of one man who had stolen and hidden plunder after the battle of Jericho against God’s direct command.
Because of the “small” sin of one man, God punished all of Israel by withdrawing his blessing and allowing the people to be humiliated and defeated at the battle of Ai.
Spouses come with a constellation of families and friends. We can view them as a threat to our relationship with our spouse and fight them.
Or we can lovingly insert ourselves into those relationships and help grow them.
Who would deny that infidelity and divorce have wreaked havoc upon millions of children and ripped the fabric of our society?
In the same way, Achan’s selfish act ripped the fabric of Israel’s relationship with God.
Like Achan, Adam and Eve disrespected God by their disobedience.