Achan’s Sin


Scripture: Joshua 7

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.


Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Joshua 7

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)


  • Joshua sent some of the men to Ai to do what? To spy on it.
  • What was their report when they got back? They said that there weren’t very many people who lived in Ai and that they only needed to send 3,000 fighting men.
  • What happened when they went to fight Ai?  They were defeated and 36 men were killed. They had to run away.
  • How did Joshua respond to this news?  He tore his clothes and fell face down before the ark of the covenant.
  • What did he say to the Lord? Why did you bring us across the Jordan to destroy us? The other people will find out about it, and then they’ll come and destroy us and your reputation too.
  • Have you ever heard people say something like that?  Yes. I’ve heard people say, “Why does God allow something like that to happen?”
  • But, how does God answer that question? Stand up!  What are you doing down on your face?  Israel has sinned by taking some of the devoted things… You need to destroy those things or I won’t be with you anymore.
  • Who sinned? God or Israel?  Israel did.
  • Is it God’s fault when bad things happen? No. It’s probably because of sin.  We should look at ourselves, not point a finger at God.
  • In the morning Joshua was to do what? Have the people come tribe by tribe until they found out who committed the sin.
  • Who ended up being the guilty one?  Achan
  • What does he tell Joshua? I saw a robe, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold.  I wanted them, and I took them. They are buried in my tent.
  • Do you remember what God told the people about what to do with the things inside the city of Jericho?  They were supposed to take the gold, silver, bronze and iron and put it in the temple treasury.  The rest was to be destroyed.
  • What two commandments did Achan commit? Thou shalt not covet, and thou shalt not steal
  • Do you think that Achan had enjoyed the things that he took?  No.  He knew that if he wore the robe, everyone would know that that was taken from Jericho.  Everyone would know, also, if he tried to use the coins or the gold.  So, once he had them, he didn’t know what to do with them. The only thing that he could do was hide them.
  • Have you ever done something like that? (Let the children share if they want to, but don’t pressure them, and go on.) Instead of making you feel happy, sin makes you fell bad, doesn’t it.
  • Achan thought that he could hide his sin, didn’t he.  But, who knew about it all along?  God did.
  • Can you hide your sins from God? No.
  • Let’s pray and tell the Lord that we are sorry for any sins that we may have committed and thank him for sending Jesus to take our sins away…


During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…


Memorize the verse.

Psalm 139:23-24 

“Search me, God, and know my heart…and lead me in the way everlasting.”


Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1     An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.


Show a video of this story. Video #1


Have the children make this story cube from Calvary Kids.


Have them make this craft, from Auntie’s Bible Lessons. This lesson is for older children.


This tent craft from Sunday School Kids is from another story, but you could use it for this story also.   You may want to combine this craft from this one at Gospel Hall   Search for Lesson 304 and scroll past the Jericho walls to Achan’s tent and the things that he had hidden.


Here is a word search for older children from Words Search Fun. 


Share this object lesson from Kids Sunday School. And this is the lesson it comes from. 


This lesson from Mission Bible Class has a great intro to the story and a cute flip chart to help you tell it.


This lesson plan from Sunday School Sources has a good object lesson and review game. 


Here is another great Bible Lesson from Bible Lessons 4 Kids  .


Kids love skits and if you can get your High School students to act out this story as these kids did, your class will love it. Skit Video part #1   part #2


If you’re good with puppets, you might try this skit   from Puppet Resources.


Read the story “No Stealing”  ,  or “Cantaloupe episode Part 1”   and “Cantaloupe Episode Part 2”  , or “Who Sees?”   from Keys for Kids.


Sing “I Can Obey” by Mary Rice Hopkins or “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man. Smaller children will enjoy  “Be Careful Little Eyes What You See” by the Countdown Kids.  Add the motions.


Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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  1. this is great:) So many ideas! Thank you for putting it together!

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