Gibeonites trick Israel and are spared destruction (Joshua 9:1‐27)

The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn how the Gibeonites escaped destruction at the hands of the Israelites.

The Gibeonites trick Israel into making a peace agreement with them (Jos 9:1-15)

Acting without inquiring from God leads to error.

When the kings who were on the Canaan side of the Jordan heard of how Israel had defeated Jericho and Ai, they formed an alliance to fight Israel but the inhabitants of a city named Gibeon took a different approach. They collected worn-out sacks, wineskins, clothes and sandals and dry provisions. They sent a delegation to the Israelite claiming that they had come from a distant land looking to make a peace treaty with the Israelites. The Israelites were initially suspicious and questioned these people regarding where they came from and who they were. The Gibeonites said that they had come from a distant land after they had heard of what the God of the Israelites had done to the Egyptians and the Amorites. They said that they had been sent to seek a peace agreement with the Israelites and their provisions had gone bad due to how long they had to travel. The Israelites there for took gifts from the Gibeonites without consulting God and Joshua made a peace agreement with them.

Psalms 27:4  One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.

How often do you inquire from God regarding any matter? How can you ensure you do it more in future?

Joshua makes Gibeonites Israel’s servants but keeps the peace agreement (Jos 9:16-27)

We are to be faithful in the same way that God is faithful.

3 days later, when the Israelites moved closer to the cities of Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim, they found out that they had been deceived. They Israelites could not attack these cities because of the agreement the leaders had made and the people were angry at their leaders. The leaders of Israel affirmed that they could not attack these cities but they would subjugate them. Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and rebuked them for their deception and declared that they would be subjugated by the Israelites. In their defense, the Gibeonites said that they had heard that God had commanded Moses to destroy all the inhabitants of the land and they were afraid. They submitted to Joshua’s decision and the Gibeonites became servants to the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 7:8-9  but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Lamentations 3:22-23  The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

How can you be more faithful to your word in the future?


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