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Prize of Deceit is Gibeonites’ Servitude

Be blindfolded and fail before God

Be blindfolded and fail before God

It is an established fact that man continues to deceive others hoping to take advantage of  them. The bible has a lot of stories of deceptions and promised made without being fulfilled as soon as the deceiver gets what he or she purposed to gain. The duality in nature also showed situations in which people engaged in truthful promise or covenant. The children of Israel had the two modes of both deceitful acts and unbeatable truthful promises and covenants that were fulfilled. Neither David nor Jonathan acted in deceit. David gained favor of God and Jonathan’s surviving son, Mephibosheth was found out by David and brought back to the palace. King David restored his father’s inheritance to him and made him to eat at the king’s table. Jephthar paid his vow with what was dearest to his hear but gained much needed victory for the ravaged children of Israel.

Let us quickly see the role the Gibeonites in the life of the Israelites as they continued to bask in the glory of God’s promise of settling them in the land of Canaan having gloriously entered the Promised Land. News had been spreading as Ai and heavily fortified city of Jericho fell. Consequent upon these unassailable victories, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites got ready to attack the returnees. The inhabitants of Gibeon craftily devised a plan that precluded them from the action of their neighbors. They surreptitiously planned strategy of deceit, by presenting themselves as make-belief foreigners and voluntarily pledged to be servants to the Israelites Joshua chapter 9: 1-27. Joshua and the elders gullibly took the lie ‘hook, line and sinker’ and spared them against God’s instruction. They never sought the face of God before deciding to make a covenant with the deceivers. The Gibeonites received the wages of their deceit in the way Joshua made them to be woodcutters and water carriers for both the congregation and for the altar of the Lord Joshua 9: 27. Without researching the veracity of the submission of the Gibeonites, Joshua made peace with them, and also made a covenant with them to make them live and rulers of the congregation swore to it. When the truth of these deceitful neighbors became manifest, the Israelites could not act against the covenant. They had breached the avowed instruction to wipe out those they met in the Promised Land as required by the God of Israel. In conclusion, Proverb 20: 17 says “Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterwards his mouth will be filled with gravels”, so it was with the Gibeonites.

 

Anger

Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure over certain situation caused one or by oneself. It is a situation of being angry. Each situation of anger dictates the type of reaction to it, in the sense that if ones property is damaged or ones character is being assassinated, there is bound to be anger naturally but it has to have a limit so as not to violate God’s requirement of us. There is another form of what triggers off anger. These include jealousy, avariciousness, putting down those that should be praised or appreciated. These forms of anger can be classified as unholy or non-divine. A quiet individual can easily sin because of undisclosed or bottled-up anger.

If the bubble of such anger should burst it would be capable of destroying property or relationship by keeping malice or resorting to depression or developing diseases. Such pent-up anger can trigger suicidal action or committing murder bourne out of revenge. Consequently, ones spiritual glory may fade out, working for progress may not be achievable, marriages can be broken with serious consequences to the family and the community in general. Churches have scattered because of members’ unresolved anger. At this level, all actions resulting from anger fail to comply with fellowshipping in Christ. Moses that the bible described as the most humble and meek on earth sinned because he, in anger, disobeyed the instruction of God. His failure arose from the hardness of heart of the children of Israel in the wilderness while leading them towards the promised land.

He actually led the Jews to the fringes of Canaan land, saw it but God disallowed him entry into the promised land for erring in anger. Anger, obviously, if not controlled can pitch one against God.