“And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not…” (Josh. 9:26).
One thing to take away from the story of the Gibeonites’ deception is how they were shown mercy and allowed to remain with the people of Israel. As outsiders looking into this story, we fail to see how our own personal stories parallel with that of the Gibeonites. How so? Before acknowledging and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were the enemies of God whether we knew it or not (Rom. 5:8-11). However, because of God’s love and mercy, we are now grafted into the family of God (Rom. 11:13-24).
It is easy to look upon others unfavorably while overlooking our own station in life. Quite often, we need to be reminded that “such were some of us” when we adopt an attitude of judgment towards others (1 Cor. 6:11). Regardless of whether someone fits into what we consider to be “right”, we are all in need of God’s love and mercy each day.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”
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