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JOSHUA 9:16-27
Once the league was made by Israel and the Gibeonites, God held Israel to it. He would not let
them destroy the cities or the people. God works on this principle in other areas in our lives
today. Even when we make mistakes, we are still under obligation to carry through our part of the
transactions we have entered into.
Where we involve ourselves and God’s Word in our testimony, we have to stick by the promise
made. Take for example the subject of marriage. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:12, “But to the rest
speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell
with him, let him not put her away.”
If a mistake has been made in marriage by a believer’s marrying an unsaved person, the Christian
is to make the best of it and trust God for the rest. If the unsaved partner wants to continue on in
the marriage, the marriage must not be broken up.
Israel and Joshua had made a mistake. This mistake drove the Israelites to prayer. The presence of
the Gibeonites among them was a constant reminder of the mistake made. The mistakes at Ai and
Gibeon were not made again during Joshua’s lifetime.
Satan was not able to discourage the Israelites from going on in their conquest of Canaan. Neither
should a mistake we have made cause us to give up. Let us confess it to God, forsake it and go
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men (2 Cor.
Theodore Epp

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