• Sunday, July 23rd, 2017


Joshua 9:1-27 (NASB)

16 And it came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land.

17 Then the sons of Israel set out and came to their cities on the thrid day. Now their cities were Gibeon and Chephirah and Beeroth and Kiriath-jearim.

18 And the sons of Israel did not strike them because the leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD the God of Israel. And the whole congregation grumbled against the leaders.

19 But all the leaders said to the whole congregation, “We have sworn to them by the LORD, the God of Israel, and now we cannot touch them.

20 “This we will do to them, even let them live, lest wrath be upon us for the oath which we swore to them.”

21 And the leaders said to them, “Let them live.” So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation just as the leaders had spoken to them.

22 Then Joshua called for them and spoke to them saying, “Why have you deceived us, saying, ‘We are very far from you,’ when you are living within our land?

23 “Now therefore, you are cursed, and you shall never cease being slaves, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.”

24 So they answered Joshua and said, “Because it was certainly told your servants 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 before you; therefore we feared greatly for our lives because of you, and have done this thing.

25 “And now behold, we are in your hands; do as it seems good and right in your sight to do to us.”

26 Thus he did to them, and delivered them from the hand of the sons of Israel, and they did not kill them.

27 But Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to this day, in the place which He would choose.


Theme: Five reasons why believers should always seek the Lord’s counsel and avoid unpleasant consequences.

The first three reasons were covered in last week’s sermon.

IV. God’s people are directly impacted by their leaders’ decisions. vv. 16-21

A. The discovery of the Israelites. vv. 16-17
B. The complaint of the congregation. v. 18
C. The concession of the leaders. vv. 19-21

V. Fulfilling God’s commands often depends upon seeking His counsel.
vv. 22-27

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