From The Pastor's Study

November 2018

Joshua 9:14KJV 1900

And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counselat the mouth of the Lord.

Joshua and the Israelites had conquered Jericho and Ai.  They were now prepared to move further into the Promise Land. This was the land that God had promised them since the days of Abraham.  However, to inherit the land of promise they would have to conquer and destroy their enemies within the land.  The Gibeonites’ was a small mountain kingdom within the Promise Land.  Fearing Israel’s success, fame and their God, they decided to come up with scheme to ensure their preservation

Joshua 9:3–5KJV 1900

And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry andmouldy.

In effect, they would trick Israel into thinking they were a distant kingdom that lived nowhere near the Promise Land.  Before moving forward, there is a sad testimony from the Gibeonites. They knew there was something special about Israel, their plans and God.  There seemed to be an understanding among the Gibeonites that Israel’s God was more powerful than any other god.  Instead of repenting from their false gods and religious systems to Israel’s God, they decided to trick Israel into believing they came from a far country. Jesus was absolutely right when He told His disciples that the world hates Him.

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