Always Seek Counsel from the Lord (Joshua 9)
Topic: Joshua Scripture: Joshua 9:1–9:27
First Scripture Reading: Psalm 2:1-12
Second Scripture Reading: Joshua 9:1-27
Sermon Text: Joshua 9:1-27
As God’s people waged holy war against God’s enemies, they were directly opposed by forces allied against them. Joshua 9 is a reminder for us that the Christian life is not characterized by ease and passivity. It is in fact a fight, a race, and a struggle in sanctification that will continue throughout our lives. No Christian is immune to the opposition that comes from the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers over this present darkness—Satan’s spiritual forces who are allied against us (Ephesians 6:11-12). We need to be aware of Satan’s tactics, especially the way he uses deception and disguise to entice us to sin. While we are in this battle, we are assured of God’s presence and power with us. Though Satan still wields some power and influence, he is, as J.I. Packer writes, “a defeated rebel, having no more power than God allows him and being destined for the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10).” God has given us his Spirit and all the spiritual armor we need to remain steadfast and not be deceived.
1. For review, try to remember some of the application points from Joshua 7-8. Do you think Achan’s punishment was just? Why or why not?
2. How do Psalm 2:1-12 and Joshua 9:1-2 connect? How do we know that the nations who joined forces against Israel were actually joining forces against God himself?
3. According to Joshua 9:3, 24-25, why did the people of Gibeon want to make a covenant with Israel? Compare and contrast their desire to escape judgment with Rahab’s in Joshua 2:8-13.
4. What was the cause of the folly of Israel’s leaders according to Joshua 9:14? Why was it so dangerous for Israel to allow the Gibeonites to remain in the Promised Land?
5. Why did Joshua keep the covenant with the Gibeonites even though it was made under false pretenses? Read and discuss Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 22 (Lawful Oaths and Vows).
6. In preparation for next week, read Psalm 42-43. Our guest preacher will be preaching through these two psalms.
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