7:1–26 If Rahab, the Canaanite who found mercy, is a story of God’s grace in the midst of judgment (6:25), Achan’s story is a reminder of the holiness of God, on which no one may presume (24:19; Num. 17:11–13; Heb. 10:30–31). Ch. 7 recounts the first instance of disobedience in the Promised Land, an ominous event in light of the history that will follow (2 Kin. 17:7–20) and an occasion reminiscent of Gen. 3 (v. 21 note). The incident and its lesson for Israel are recalled in 22:18–20.