Joshua 9:14 - They Did Not Consult The LORD.
Joshua 9:14: They Did Not Consult The LORD.
Joshua 9:14 (NLT) So the Israelites examined their food, but
they did not consult the LORD.
CONTEXT: The Gibeonite Deception. [NIV SB 2011]
ASK AND LISTEN
No one had yet defeated the Israelites in direct
confrontation except the men of Al, and that result was soon overturned when
Israel purged itself of forbidden plunder. So the Gibeonites came at
them with deception, playing the part of distant travelers and
finagling a binding treaty out of their rivals. It's a common strategy for
the enemies of God's people; if frontal assault doesn't work,
undermine them with deception, corruption, and compromise. And it
certainly worked in this case, as Joshua and Israel's leaders fell for the
ploy and yoked themselves to the inhabitants of the land. They were
stuck with a burden for years to come.
What was their mistake? They did not consult the Lord. They
relied on their understanding, their concept of "best practices" for
entering a land of promise. They assumed that they could apply uniform
principles to the diverse situations they would encounter in the land.
Though they had heard from God uniquely about Jericho, and then
uniquely about Al, they now neglected to ask Him about the travelers and
the treaty. They assumed.
That's why life with God is not a matter of principle. There
may be principles involved, but as soon as we begin to rely on them,
we have stopped following Him and replaced His leading with ideas
and practices. Instead of a personal relationship, we have an
impersonal set of behaviors. That might make us very religious people, but
it won't suffice in our interaction with Him or the diverse
circumstances of our lives.
We need specific guidance from God in every situation. Sure,
there are times when we can count on wisdom He has already given, but
we can't learn precepts and call that a relationship. The strategy
He gave us yesterday may not apply today because the battles of
life keep changing. We have to learn how to hear His voice and follow
His lead. The Kingdom is given to those who listen carefully to the
King. [The One Year Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris Tiegreen]
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: