THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

Each day a devotion for one or two chapters is posted, beginning with chapter one of Genesis and going through chapter twenty-two of Revelation. You are free to print each page as it appears. If you miss a day, you may contact us and request that devotion. Please send your request, along with $.50 (p&h) for each page to:

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JOSHUA

CHAPTER 9

1 And it came to pass, when all the kings which were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; 2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord. 3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, 4 They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; 5 And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. 6 And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. 7 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you? 8 And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye? 9 And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, 10 And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth. 11 Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. 12 This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: 13 And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. 14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. 15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.

Christians of today make an impact on people of the world just by being who they are; Just by being obedient and following Christ. It was the same in Joshua's day. The people of Israel made an emotional and spiritual impact upon the people of Canaan just by being who they were.
They had followed God in observance of the Passover; they had followed God in observance of circumcision; they had followed God's incredible plan to overthrow Jericho. They had detoured (only one of them) in the things of Jericho and it had cost them defeat in Ai. But then God gave them a great victory in that same place.
You see, Israel was doing what God TOLD them to do! And just being who they were (God's people) caused great fear in Canaan. The reason that Christianity is not having a great impact on society today is because we are not being who we are!
We are not doing what God has TOLD us to do. EACH Christian has the command from God to be involved in personal lifestyle evangelism, prayer, Bible study, church attendance, tithing, giving, etc.
But the ordinary, median Christian today is FAR too involved in the things of the world to spend quality time in prayer, Bible study, and personal evangelism. And most don't even attend church regularly and have no idea what the church is doing in missions. We are not being who we are!
When Israel was doing what God told them, great FEAR came upon unbelievers in Canaan. Verses 1 and 2 describes how seven kings formed an alliance to attack Israel. When Christians follow God's Word today, they will be used of God to bring FEAR of God into the world.
Verses 3-13 describe how the leaders of four cities came and deceitfully made a contract with Israel. They lied, but they were serious. They were truly afraid of the God of Israel. They demonstrated surrender. The only way to escape an army which is more powerful than your own is to SURRENDER. Then you have to accept WHATEVER conditions the victor chooses. And THAT is what it takes to be saved! We must surrender ourselves to Christ, and accept HIS conditions. His conditions are easily summed up in one phrase,

"If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)

Here's a word of caution to believers. When you make a contract with someone, be sure they are truthful first. But, then, when you MAKE a contract, be HONORABLE and stand by it. That's what the Israelites did in this case.
Notice verse 14. Joshua and the leaders of Israel decided to make the contract - but they didn't stop and ask God first!
We need to let God help us make EVERY decision. Most of our decisions can be found already made for us by consulting His WORD.
Are you being who you are?
"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ."

16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them. 17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath-je'arim. 18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. 19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. 20 This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them. 21 And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them. 22 And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you; when ye dwell among us? 23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. 24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the LORD thy God commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25 And now, behold, we are in thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do. 26 And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. 27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.

Soon, Israel found out that these people lived very close and not "far away" as they had said. But look at verse 18. Israel did not kill these people because they had already taken an oath to save them.
But something had to be done. Even though they must abide by their contract, the contract was drawn on erroeous information that was given deceitfully. Therefore, something had to be done to rectify the lying that the Gibeonites had done.
So Israel decided to make these people servants. From that time on, they would be water-carriers, and wood-haulers for the tabernacle and the priests.
This is the way it is with saved people today. We hear the gospel of Jesus and commit our lives to Him - but then we keep on sinning. So it is to HIS HONOR and GLORY to make us servants. Truly if a person doesn't want to serve Jesus, then that person has never come to the point of unconditional surrender.
The Lord, Jesus has paid the price of our sins in blood. He bought us out of the marketplace of sin. He won the war against the devil and against our own spiritual inability. If we unconditionally surrender to Him, it is RIGHT that He make us servants for His glory all our lives on this earth!
Are you being who you are, a servant of Jesus Christ?

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