Joshua 9:3-10:43; Luke 16:19-17:10; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 13:4
A holy terror swept the land of Canaan–the Israelites had a God that fought for them! The cities of Jericho and Ai already lay in rubble and the other kingdoms knew they could be next.
Rather than risk their lives going to war, a wily neighboring group known as the Hivites devised a scheme to save their necks.
Dress up time.
Old sandals…patchworked robes…moldy, crumbly food..dust from head to foot…
The Hivites presented themselves to Joshua and the other leaders as road-weary travelers who had come a long way to meet the people they had heard about and the reports —“because of the fame of the Lord your God.” Joshua 9:9
Having looked over this bedraggled group, the Israelites honored their request for a peace treaty believing they weren’t any people to be found on their ‘wipe out’ list. “The men of Israel sampled their provisions, but did not inquire of the Lord.” Joshua 9:14
Three days later, the Israelites learned they had been duped! They had failed to consult the One who knows all. If only they had inquired of the Lord!
Have you ever been duped? Duped into believing something would really be “the best thing ever?” Only to find out later that it wasn’t.
Sin has a way of duping us–of luring us into situations that seem harmless but end up entrapping us–making us slaves.
Praise be to God that through His Son Jesus He frees us from sin’s deception and forgives us when we do fall headlong–or flat on our face. He forgives us, wipes the dust off our knees, and by grace sends us on His way!
Lord God Heavenly Father, thank you for being there for us through your Word and prayer. Give us ears to hear and willing hearts to obey. Keep us from being duped, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
“O God, do not keep silent;
be not quiet, O God, be not still.” Psalm 83:1