After reading about the destruction of Ai, the book of Joshua moves on to a story of deception in Chapter 9.
“However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded[a] with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, ‘We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.’” – Joshua 9:3-6
The other nations of the land are ready to wage war against the Israelites. The Gideons on the other hand are trying a different tactic. They are trying to trick the Israelites.
“The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord. Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.” – Joshua 9:14-15
The Israelites are falling for the trick and God is nowhere to be found. Typical of this god.
“Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.” – Joshua 9:16
Shouldn’t the all-knowing God know the Gibeonites were close neighbors? If he did, he’s playing a nasty game with the Israelites and their lives.
“The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, but all the leaders answered, ‘We have given them our oath by the Lord, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now.’” – Joshua 9:18-19
The Israelites are okay with slaughtering babies and raping women, but breaking a promise to the Gibeonites who lied to them? Nope, that’s immoral. LOL!
“So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of the Lord at the place the Lord would choose. And that is what they are to this day.” – Joshua 9:26-27
Let me get this straight. Children are killed for the crimes of their parents. Women are raped for being women. But the Gibeonites, who deceived the Israelites and actually committed a ‘crime’, are punished by being wood cutters and water carriers? Are you kidding me?!?!?! And they are still doing this to this day? No they are NOT!!!
Joshua 9 is a bit different in that lives are spared instead of destroyed. It’s sickening to see that children and babies are murdered in the name of God for crimes they didn’t commit, but the Gideons are left to live. Wow!!! God really hates women, children, and babies!!!
Coming Soon: Joshua – Chapter 10: The Sun Stands Still