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Jericho and Achor - Privilege and Responsibility Charles Henry MacKintosh

Jericho and Achor - Privilege and Responsibility

Charles Henry MacKintosh

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From: The Mackintosh TreasuryMiscellaneous WritingsVolume V: The Church - The Body of ChristJoshua 6 — Joshua 7The Christian reader will do well to turn, first of all, to the two chapters named above, and give them a careful reading. They furnish aMoreFrom: The Mackintosh TreasuryMiscellaneous WritingsVolume V: The Church - The Body of ChristJoshua 6 — Joshua 7The Christian reader will do well to turn, first of all, to the two chapters named above, and give them a careful reading. They furnish a very striking and impressive record of the double effect of Gods presence with His people. In chapter 6 we are taught that the Divine Presence insured victory over the power of the enemy. In chapter 7 we learn that the Divine Presence demanded judgment upon evil in the bosom of the congregation. The ruins of Jericho demonstrate the one- the great heap of stones in the valley of Achor attests the other.Now, these two things must never be separated. We see them vividly illustrated in every page of the history of Gods people, both in the Old and in the New Testament. The self-same Presence that secures victory demands holiness. Let us never forget this. Yea, let us keep it ever in the remembrance of our hearts. It has an individual as well as a collective application. If we are to walk with God, or, rather, if He is to walk with us, we must judge and put away everything inconsistent with His holy presence. He cannot sanction unjudged evil in His people. He can pardon, heal, restore, and bless- but He is intolerant of evil. Our God is a consuming fire. The time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.C.H.M.