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December 30, 2017

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Reading along with us in Joshua? Here’s today’s reading:

Joshua 9 (ESV)

As soon as all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland all along the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, heard of this, they gathered together as one to fight against Joshua and Israel.

But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, they on their part acted with cunning and went and made ready provisions and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended, with worn-out, patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes. And all their provisions were dry and crumbly. And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant country, so now make a covenant with us.” But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a covenant with you?”....Continue Reading

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  1. I see this story as a warning to not be deceived by what we see, but to always seek God’s wisdom before we make executive decisions. But even when we are too stubborn to see the warning signs, God will provide and rescue us from the trap we lead ourselves into.

  2. Certainly the fact that the Israelites did not consult the Lord and made a decision about the Gibeonites on their own is the glaring lesson of the chapter. The world is full of deception and full of people willing to deceive and take advantage of people and situations. The Gibeonites certainly knew their facts about God’s work. You wonder to what extent that blinded the Israelites by stroking their pride. But their deception comes with consequences as it always does. They are discovered and made the Israelites servants.

    The Israelites do have the character to honor their agreement……

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