Gibeonites among us

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Gibeonites among us

Joshua 9:3-6 (JDV)

Joshua 9:3 When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
Joshua 9:4 they acted deceptively. They gathered provisions and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys and old wineskins, cracked and mended.
Joshua 9:5 They wore old, patched sandals on their feet and threadbare clothing on their bodies. Their entire provision of bread was dry and crumbly.
Joshua 9:6 They went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, “We have come from a far away land. Please make a treaty with us.”

Gibeonites among us

The Gibeonites were wiser than the kings who had formed an alliance against Israel. They realized the truth to that old saying “If you can’t beat them , join them.” But they did not join Israel in integrity. They chose to deceive them into thinking that they had traveled from far away.

I think there are Gibeonites among us. Some appear to be in an alliance with Bible believers, but have really just sought our protection through deception. Like the Gibeonites, they will be found out.

Lord, give us insight into the real status of our “friends.”

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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