[bible1year] Devotional comments on Joshua 9-11

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 7 Mar 2015 12:54:40 -0000

        The heathen tribes of Canaan were divided into many little 
"nations," with key cities as their centers. They usually fought 
each other, but when God's people arrived the little nations united 
to oppose Israel. However, a group of Hivites, a little-known ethnic 
group of Palestine, decided to try diplomacy rather than war. Their 
capital city was Gibeon, located five miles northwest of Jerusalem 
on the road to Joppa. They pretended to be friends of the 
Israelites. They lied to them, saying their wineskins had become old 
and worn on their long journey, their bread moldy, and their sandals 
worn. The Israelites believed them and made a treaty with them. The 
Israelites "took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the 
mouth of the Lord."

        The Gibeonites were found to be neighbors and enemies, among 
those who should have been destroyed. The result was Israel's 
disobedience to the Lord, and enemies numbered among them. Though 
the Gibeonites were given menial tasks, being made woodcutters and 
water carriers, the fact remained that they were enemies of the