provided a tremendous victory to Joshua and the Israelites in the battle
for Ai. Once the combat was over and the city had been looted, Joshua
knew it was time for him to lead the people in praise and worship of the
Lord. He had prayed for victory, now it was time to give thanks.
Joshua and the princes of Israel grew lax after the time of praise and
worship. They had experienced two awesome victories and God was clearly
on their side. They were taken off guard when the Gibeonites arrived
under false pretenses to make a covenant with Israel.
Gibeonites flattered Joshua and the princes by describing the greatness
of the Israelite God and how they wanted to be part of the winning side.
Joshua was swayed by their appearance and did not bother to consult the
Lord as to whether he should enter into a treaty. The Gibeonite
deception was revealed three days later and Joshua realized too late he
had been deceived. A pact had been made in the name of the Lord and
Joshua could not break a promise.
mutual defense agreement meant that they Israelites were obligated to
protect the Gibeonites and Joshua quickly realized he had to fight a
battle not chosen by God. Nevertheless, the Lord told Joshua he would be
victorious and it was God's plan for the land of Canaan to be cleansed
of all Canaanites.
time the people of Israel saw two great miracles as holy angels threw
large hail stones on the fleeing enemy soldiers, killing more with this
aerial attack than the Israelites that day. Then God stopped the sun and
moon from moving in order to give the Israelites more time to decimate
the army of the five Canaanite kings.
battle for Christians today is not the Canaanites but the ever present
sin which surrounds us. It is necessary to declare total war against sin
and eradicate it out of our lives. Join me this Sunday morning, as we
study the continuous battle for the land of Canaan and what it means for
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell