The Gibeonites Deceived Israel
Joshua 9:1-end–Joshua made his first mistake signing a contract with some people without asking from the LORD. News have gone around the neighboring cities of what God had been doing for the children of Israel and they know that it is a matter of time they will get to them to take their land from them. So these neighboring cities gathered together to fight Joshua in one accord. But the people of Gibeon decided to use another way to preserve their lives. They sent a representative to Joshua pretending they came from far country and that they have heard all that God had done for them and they were ready to be their servants, so they would like them to make a league with them.
Unfortunately. Joshua was carried away by their tattered appearance, and without consulting God, he made a league with them to let them live.. After 3 days journey, Joshua discovered that they were their neighbors, when they got to those cities, they could not attack them because of their league and the oath which they swore to them. Though Joshua asked them why they beguiled them, and of course the answer was obvious, ‘they wanted to live.” Therefore Joshua placed curse on them that they will be hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, and that was what they were, up to this day.
Human beings are so deceptive, how do we really know them? Many of us have fallen into the hands of these people because we did not take precautionary measures in dealing with people. It is so easy to be carried away with people who have sweet mouth or be filled with compassion for those who disguise as being poor or needy when they are not. The game is always to get you to do what will benefit them on the long run. Joshua regretted not asking the LORD before taking this major step of swearing an oath to let them live. The LORD did not warn them while they were going through the transaction, because they did not ask Him. Of course the LORD had already told them to destroy everyone as they move from one city to another. He never told them to make a league with anyone. Therefore we can learn a lesson in this episode to remind ourselves what God has told us in His words and abide by it without turning to the right or left.
I also was a victim of a Real Estate agent who was introduced to me to help me get a property for the church many years ago, and because there was non suitable for us because of our own little resources we tend to fall apart. Later she sent a house to me that she had placed in the market and I gave her a call to come and look at it. The place was so far from the city but I still made my way there but as soon as I got there, I told her the place was too far for me, but she said she would show me a shorter way. Because of her sweet talk, I got carried away with the house, and decided there that I would buy the house. She now represented the seller and me the buyer. I did not ask from the LORD, neither did I ask for advice from anybody. She would tell me that I was getting a good bargain, and so many things that was wrong with the house were covered up by asking me to buy it AS IS.. Unfortunately, I did not see anything wrong with the house but it is all masked with painting. If I had gotten my own agent, we would have refused “AS IS” because this agent would have understood the game. Anyway, to cut the long story short, I fell into it, and the six years we spent there were like living in hell with so many debts that I incurred repairing different parts of the house, from the ROOF, to the KITCHEN, to the Bathroom, and many others. It was not her fault because she wanted to get the whole money to herself, but I did not apply wisdom. I did not ask the LORD whether I should make this big jump. I did not even consult any of my children before I took this decision. She called me “darling” and made many promises to me, and I thought she was genuine, but after the closing I did not see her again.
I told my story because I wanted you to learn from my foolishness in not asking the LORD first before taking that decision. Joshua also fell into this trap without asking the LORD, later on we will see the consequences of his action in other books of the Bible. Only God knows the heart of man, that is why those of us who want to live a peaceful life should “Trust in the LORD with all our heart, and lean not on own understanding, In all our ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct our paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6. May the LORD continue to instruct us in the way we should go so that we don’t fall by the way side, in Jesus Name, Amen. Shalom!!!