For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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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?”
They said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” And Joshua said to them, “Who are you? And where do you come from?”
They said to him, “From a very distant country your servants have come, because of the name of the LORD your God. For we have heard a report of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon the king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth.
So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country said to us, ‘Take provisions in your hand for the journey and go to meet them and say to them, “We are your servants. Come now, make a covenant with us.”‘
Here is our bread. It was still warm when we took it from our houses as our food for the journey on the day we set out to come to you, but now, behold, it is dry and crumbly.
These wineskins were new when we filled them, and behold, they have burst. And these garments and sandals of ours are worn out from the very long journey.”
So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the LORD.
And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live, and the leaders of the congregation swore to them.
At the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, they heard that they were their neighbors and that they lived among them.
Israel did not inquire of God and it led to an agreement of peace with those they were told to conquer. Because the agreement was entered into with an oath before God it could not be broken. This would prove to be a constant source of beliefs and ideologies that would lead the people of Israel away from God time and time again. This is like opening the door to sin. It gives sin a toehold in our lives. We enter into agreements without first consulting God and His Word. When we rely on what we see and what we are told, when we don’t seek the will of God, the direction of the Holy Spirit, we put ourselves in the position of making an agreement with our flesh, our selves and going in a direction that does not fit the will of God. This can simply be giving into impulsiveness. It may seem innocent and harmless. Anything done without first asking the Lord’s blessing is relying on our own judgment. Always it comes to this,
…[Mat 6:33 KJV] 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you….
It is upon us to know God, know Him so well we know His will. Even upon rising in the morning, we ask Lord guide our footsteps. Here are our plans but your will be done. Guide our footsteps. Then listen for His voice to say,
“…[Isa 30:21 KJV] 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left….”
So often we barge ahead with our plans then get in a bind and cry out what shall I do! Better to have prayed first asking for wisdom and guidance.
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