When the Israelites entered into the promised land, God had given them supernatural ability to defeat all the inhabitants of the land.
In Joshua 9:1-15, the Bible says the people of Gibeon heard about the great battles of Jericho and Ai and they set about to trick Israel into making a treaty.
Verse 4 states, “They also acted craftily and set out as envoys, and took worn out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended, and worn out and patched sandals on their feet, and worn out clothes on themselves, and all the bread of their provision was dry and had become crumbled.”
When they saw Joshua and the leaders they said they had came from a far country and that they left when their clothes and provisions were fresh.
Joshua believed them, verse 14 and 15, “Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD. So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.”
A few days later Joshua and the leaders found out the Gibeonites were neighbors, and “The whole congregation grumbled against the leaders.” And Joshua said to the Gibeonites, “Now therefore, you are cursed, and none of you shall be freed from being slaves, woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.”
Many years later we can see a problem for Israel that arose from this treaty.
1 Kings 3:3 states, “And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places. Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.”
Because Joshua did not ask the counsel of the Lord, it opened the door for their type of worship of false god’s to be mixed with worshipping the true God.
Life lesson: When you make decisions without first asking God, you can be tricked and it’s consiquences will be not only for you but also future generations.
Father, help me learn to slow down when situations arise and ask your counsel before I make decisions. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.