And he brought his household near man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
And Joshua said to Achan, My son, give, I pray you, glory to the Lord, God of Israel, and make confession to Him; and tell me now what you have done; do not hide anything from me.
And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and thus have I done.
When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. (Prophets, Joshua, 7:17 – 7:21)
Question: They found all of this in the tent of Achan so they seized all his possessions, cattle, tent, sons, and daughters and took them to the valley of Achor. What is Achan’s fault that he should be executed now?
Answer: There is no fault. A person acts according to his qualities. That is, not now when he has to decide how to act, but much earlier when he was given the opportunity to prepare and to be in connection with these, and not with those people, to study something, try to understand and embrace the laws. Then he still had a chance to prepare himself correctly for observing the commandments. However, now it is no longer possible.
When the Creator says: “Do this, and do not do that,” it is already clear that the period of preparation is over and now a person will act according to the qualities that are speaking within him.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/12/21