The Wisdom of the Gibeonites

The fame of Joshua and the Israelites spread among the people in the Land of Canaan, and all of them, except one place, decided to fight against Israel. The Bible says, “But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they worked craftily, and went and pretended to be ambassadors. And they took old sacks on their donkeys, old wineskins torn and mended, old and patched sandals on their feet, and old garments on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and moldy. And they went to Joshua, to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, ‘We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us'” (Joshua 9:3-6).
The Gibeonites knew better of the power of Israel than the Israelites did, who constantly believed that the Lord was not among them, whereas the Gibeonites could see clearly that He was among them.
The Gibeonites also knew how to trick Israel, although Israel should have picked up on the trick because wineskins and clothing do not wear out as fast as the Gibeonites portrayed. Moreover, their bread would have run out long before their clothing fell apart rather than simply becoming moldy.
Israel should have investigated further before making a covenant with Gibeon, and most important of all, Israel should have consulted the Lord (Joshua 9:14).
Joshua 9 provides a lesson for churches in helping people who come asking for money or other things. Look things over. Ask some questions, then in the presence of the people, ask the Lord whether the person is worthy of help.

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