The story of the Gibeonite deception is a curious one on many fronts. It is intriguing that they used deception against the Israelites as this was a tactic they had used. It is curious how much their story mirrors the Hebrew story of Jacob and his theft of the birthright and blessing, upon which Israel was founded. It is curious how God allowed them to live despite their deception. Lastly, Joshua’s reaction to their deception is curious. He questions why they would deceive the Jews at all. Their are many layers to the story that can be unpacked. However, it should be noted that at its heart it is a story of grace and how it can be accessed. Heartening back to Rahab, one wonders if the Gibeonites could have pledged fealty without deception and accessed the same grace. Perhaps this is why Joshua was incensed? In either case, the Jewish response lacked the correct discernment. They relied on their own understanding and this was easily used against them. It should be a warning to us all about the dangers inherent as we move from one victory in life to the next. We are beginning to see an easy pattern of never doing it quite right, all because we quickly forget who God is and how to respect that after every victory. It is interesting how they saw the food was not good, and chose to receive bad counsel from it. This mirrors Eve, who saw that the food was good and chose to receive bad counsel. We cannot trust our eyes. Our counsel must come from inclining our minds and hearts toward God first.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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