Immediately following the Gibeonite deception, Joshua and Israel have the opportunity to stand in faith with them or return the deception with further guile. Likewise Gibeon had the opportunity to betray Israel by betraying the new allegiance that left them slaves, by joining this coalition and feeding false information to Joshua. Instead , both parties worked in covenant. The result was an epic battle which required divine intervention and a great deal of tenacity. Joshua marched Israel overnight in an ambush and commanded the daylight to extend. Even so, God killed the enemy who escaped them with hail. Though a strange, but real history, it is also a telling metaphor for what victory, in God, will look like. It is our faithfulness to long suffer through Godly covenant with the expectation and submission to how God will provide for this effort. We must fight each battle this way. If we fight from behind God, he will do the majority of the work and we will collect all of the blessings. This is a promise he ensures us, even as he calls us to be faithful. In his shadow, is where we find miracles flourishing around us.
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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