Day Seventy-One, Joshua 9-12
Today’s reading is also one of significance for me, again because of that Beth Moore “Believing God” study.
Basically, the Israelites make a treaty with the Gibeonites, who lead the Israelites to believe that they are from afar. The Israelites go into this themselves, without inquiring of the Lord, and they are deceived. For the people are actually not from afar--they are neighboring people that the Israelites were to conquer. But they were afraid so they deceived the Israelites into this peace treaty, so that the Israelites must keep their word to them and not destroy them.
Well, when an alliance of kings goes to attack Gibeon, they send word to the Israelites, asking for help. They say, “Remember that treaty you made with us? Come help us now, to fight these kings!” So because Israel must, they go to help defend Gibeon.
Beth talked in her lesson on this about how the Israelites must have felt. They spend all night marching, literally uphill, to fight this battle for the Gibeonites. She talked about how exhausted they must be, not to mention angry with themselves, for falling for the tricks of the Gibeonites, and not bothering to talk to the Lord about it beforehand. She also mentioned that the world’s mentality is one of, “You got yourself into this mess—now get yourself out of it.”
Praise God, dear friends, that our God is not that way! He told Joshua not to be afraid; He would give these people into their hands. The Lord threw the armies of the alliance of kings into confusion, and he sent large hailstones among them. Word says more of the men died from the hailstones than were killed by the sword that day.
Also, on that day, Joshua asks the Lord to make the sun stand still as they fight this battle in Israel. A couple of main points from the entire “Believing God” series were having the faith to believe that God is who He says He is and that He is able to do what He says He can do. It’s about having faith to believe Him for anything. Whether He gives what you’re asking or not, you’ve gotta at least believe that He can. She touched briefly on what a major request Joshua made, as he believed the Lord for the seemingly-impossible. Scripture says, “The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!”