Who is My Neighbor?
Joshua and the Gibeonites
Sunday June 9th, 2019 - Pastor Wungreiso Valui
Central Idea: Be Honorable, Faithful and Merciful to your neighbors. Seek God's counsel in building relationships with your neighbors. God's mercy and grace is for all people - including those who deceive you.
A Commandment With Promises
The commandment is positive. The command to love your neighbors comes with promises:
- Your days may be prolonged
- Your life will be well for you
- You will multiply greatly
Joshua Honored His Words To The Gibeonites (Joshua 9:15 & 19)
- Joshua made peace and a covenant with the Gibeonites.
- Joshua was a man of his word. He was deceived by the Gibeonites, but he did not go back on his word.
- Joshua allotted land to the Gibeonites when they entered the Promised Land.
Joshua Was Faithful To God And The Gibeonites (Joshua 9:26-27)
- Joshua was faithful in keeping the covenant that he made with the Gibeonites, just as God was faithful to the Israelites.
- God's covenant cannot be broken. Just as the constancy of day and night, the covenant will be constant. (Jeremiah 33:20)
- God's covenant of peace shall not be removed. (Isaiah 54:10)
Joshua Showed Mercy To The Gibeonites (Joshua 9:26-27)
- Joshua showed mercy to the Gibeonites.
- He saved the Gibeonites from the hands of the children of Israel.
- The Gibeonites were made to serve the congregation and at the altar of the LORD.
Cross References and Background
- 1. The Gibeonites were allotted land. (Joshua 21:17)
- 2. When Saul put Gibeonites to death, God intervened to keep His covenant. (2 Samuel 21:1-14)
- 3. Gibeonites were among the Israelites who returned from Exile. (Ezra 2:70)
- 4. David set apart the Nethinims to assist the Levites (Ezra 8:20)
- 5. Gibeon became a part of Judea. (Nehemiah 3:7)
- 6. The Gibeonites were part of rebuilding the wall. (Nehemiah 3:26)
- 7. Azzur's son, Hananiah, came from Gibeon. (Jeremiah 28:1)
Context: Why are these passages important?
- 1. The Gibeonites were a group of people descended from the Amorites, who were enemies of Israel.
- 2. Israel had defeated the city of Jericho and nearby Canaanites.
- 3. Joshua's treaty with the Gibeonites.
- 4. Israel did not consult God
- 5. The Gibeonites were made servants to Israel.
Conviction: How did the passages impact you?
- 1. What did you discover about God keeping His covenant with the Gibeonites?
- 2. What did you discover about not consulting God for wisdom?
- 3. What did you discover about showing honor, faithfulness, and mercy toward your neighbors?
Commitment: What should you do now?
- 1. Consider how the enemy can deceive us without us having the help of God.
- 2. Consider why we need to pray to God to build good relationships with our neighbors.
- 3. Consider how God requires His people to be faithful.
- 4. Consider honor, faithfulness, and mercy as practices that show your love of God and your neighbors.