Ask God First

As the fame and strength of the God of the Israelites becomes known throughout the land, the people of Gibeon devise a trick to set up a peace treaty with His people.  Though God had said that the people were not to make any treaties or allow the people around them to live in the land, the Israelites are easily deceived.  The men of Gibeon tell Joshua:

“They answered: “Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt, and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan—Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.  And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, ‘Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, “We are your servants; make a treaty with us.”’  This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is.  And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey.”

The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.  Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.”Joshua 9:9-15

The key to their deception, of course, is found right there in verse 14 – “The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord. How often do I think I know what is best and right, and never think to ask God for His wisdom and leading?


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