Amplified Bible (AMP)
“And Joshua said to Achan, My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and make confession to Him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.
And Achan answered Joshua, In truth, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this have I done:
When I saw among the spoils an attractive mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. Behold, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”
The symbolism seen in Achan’s transgression can be a warning for us today. On the surface we see that Achan coveted material objects, the “attractive mantle, the “two hundred shekels of silver,” and the “bar of gold weighing fifty shekels,” but looking at what a mantle symbolizes gives a deeper insight into what may have been Achan’s true struggle.
“A mantle was a loose fitting garment worn by prophets and other officials in authority to signify their position and power to exercise dominion. Mantles reflect latitude, stature, prestige, and provisions of the wearer, as well as the license to act” from The Prophet’s Dictionary by Paula Price.
Could it be that Achan was coveting power and position and calling, not just valuable material objects? What does this say to us today about coveting the power and position of someone else?
Thank You, Lord, for the unique callings with which You have blessed each one of us. There is no need to covet the calling or power or position of others. Open our eyes to see our own personal glorious and great calling, the reason which for we were created. In Jesus name, AMEN!