“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. Proverbs 3: 5-6
What a great victory at Jericho…but Joshua did not enquire of the LORD regarding Ai…He sent some spies who hurried back with the news that it would be an easy victory. If he had been praying about this decision , I’m sure the LORD would have showed Joshua that there was “sin in the camp”. Thirty-six men died in the first battle with Ai, but after the sin was delt with, God gave the city into their hands. Now we find in Joshua , chapter 9, that the rest of the promised land occupied by the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites have gathered together to fight with Joshua and Israel. But the Gibeonites, part of the Hivite clan, took it upon themselves to trick Israel into making a treaty with them. They believed the reports of Israel’s God and figured that they could not win against His people. They dressed up in old clothes and shoes, packed old sacks and cracked dry wineskins on their donkeys, and a bunch of dry,moldy bread to make it look like they had travelled a great distance instead of a nearby territory. They came to Joshua in Gilgal and asked for a peace-treaty and a place of service with Israel. Joshua questioned them, and his men examined their old, moldy bread BUT they did not ask counsel of the LORD. Joshua and his princes swore an oath to the LORD to let them live and after finding out three days later that the Gibeonites lived close by, they kept their oath but made the Gibeonites serve them by doing menial labor for the house of God. (The descendents of these “tricksters” became the Nethinims who are listed by name in the book of Nehemiah as being part of the first deportation from Babylon .) Now that the Gibeonites are under Israel’s protection, they appeal to Joshua to come and save them from the rest of the tribes that are Israel’s enemies that have gathered to fight them. Read chapter 10 for one of the most exciting battles in the Bible.
To complete the worksheet, the kids will circle the pictures that show what contributed to Joshua being tricked. There are six correct pictures to circle.
Table of Contents for Old and New Testaments are available on the June 19, 2013 post and April 2, 2013 post.