Saving Us in Our Mistakes of Possessing by David Cawston

Saving Us in Our Mistakes of Possessing
David Cawston
Joshua 9:1-4, 15, Joshua 10:3-4, 9-10 and 12-14

Introduction
Wouldn't you like to convert your blunders into miracles?
That is exactly what Joshua did and in doing it became a case study in how frustrating mistakes can become miraculous victories.

Following Israel's destruction of Jericho and Ai, terrifying reports spread through the city to the plains.
This invading army was apparently an indomitable force and it was advancing.
An army whose God not only had enabled a miraculous crossing of Jordon, but had leveled Ai and Jericho; two of their best defense cities.

The kings of each of these cities knew that they were facing a formidable enemy.
They hoped to enlist the Gibeonites, since Gibeon was one of the greatest cities of their region.

However, the citizen's of Gibeon had a completely different plan for their safety and survival.
Joshua 9:3-4
3 But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
4 they worked craftily, and went and pretended to be ambassadors. And they took old sacks on their donkeys, old wineskins torn and mended, (NKJ)

It is almost humorous; the lengths which these people went.
These ambassadors, when the reality, a team of men sent from Gibeon to the Israelite camp claiming to have come from a far country.
They actually came less than ten mile.
But they approached through rugged terrain, disallowing Israeli intelligence to evaluate the truthfulness of their claim.
They looked like they had come from a distant nation.
Their clothes were worn out.
Their bread was moldy and they drank from torn but mended wineskins.

Let me read for you Joshua 9:9-11
9 So they said to him: "From a very far country your servants have come, because of the name of the LORD your God; for we have heard of His fame, and all that He did in Egypt,
10 "and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan-- to Sihon king of Hesh ...


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