They defended whom they should have fought

Joshua Bible Background

03.23.2018 – Old Testament: Jos 10.6

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 9–10 on March 23, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord had commanded Israel to destroy all the peoples in the Land of Canaan, but one group of people found a way to avoid destruction. They deceived Israel into believing that they were not from the Land of Canaan, but from a far away land. Thus, Joshua and the leaders of Israel made a pact of peace with them.

When the rest of the Canaanites heard about this, they gathered together to fight against Gibeon,

And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp at Gilgal, saying, “Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us” (Joshua 10.6).

The Israelites should have destroyed the Gibeonites, but after the covenant of peace, Israel had to defend the Gibeonites, and later King Saul even attacked the Gibeonites, thinking it was the right thing to do, but God cursed Israel for it, because Saul and Israel broke the agreement.

This all resulted because Joshua and the elders had failed to ask the Lord about the Gibeonites.


  • Have you failed to consult the Lord about something and regretted it later?
  • Do you learn from your mistakes?

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