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It Was Told For a Certainty

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The Gibeonites deceived the Israelites, tricking them into making a covenant with them, not to destroy them. When Joshua asks the Gibeonites why they did this, “[t]hey answered Joshua, ‘Because it was told to your servants for a certainty that the Lord your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you; so we feared greatly for our lives because of you, and did this thing.'” (Josh. 9:24).

The Gibeonites implicitly recognize God’s sovereignty. They are utterly afraid of the Israelites because they have heard that God certainly commanded Moses to give the Israelites the land. But why would God’s command to Moses, by itself, have caused them to fear. What if Moses could not have carried out God’s command? The Gibeonites had to have in their mind that God was able to fulfill this command and back it up. And God could only do that if He was sovereign, and they had seen the evidence of this. So the evidence of God’s sovereignty is what’s crucial here. God has established His reputation as an almighty God who works sovereignly for His people. Fear of Him, thus, is an altogether right response.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

April 20, 2015 at 4:31 am

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