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Summary: Keeping our commitments may be hard, but its the stuff character is made of. And God rewards faithfulness with a beautiful crown in glory.

1. I was working on an Associates Degree in Electronics Engineering

Technology/community college; now, in the beginning of my second year, I felt the call to ministry...what should I do? Completed my degree...

2. Many times married couples second guess their decision of a partner ...if I had only waited...or perhaps they are convinced they married outside of God’s will....no abuse/adultery, but just not content...

3. You give your word you’ll attend a family gathering...but you really

don’t want to...do you lie and call in sick...what do you do?

4. There are many occasions when we feel we have committed ourselves, but the commitment was a mistake. No, we will not sin in fulfilling the commitment, but we regret we made it. Sometimes we are mistaken; we did not err (e.g., marriage--we just might be discontent by nature); other times it is obviously a mistake (e.g., obligation to job we hate); other times our mistakes work for us (wrong turn & we avoid constr.)

Q: When we make commitments that we question in retrospect, how

important is it that we honor them?

A couple of chapters in Joshua 10 deal with this very thing.

I. The Setting (chapter 9 summarized)

1. Local kings heard about Jericho, Ai....united together except for

Gibeon....

2. The Gibeonites put on a ruse....

(1) wore old sandals

(2) old clothes

(3) dry, moldy bread

3. Israelites were allowed to sign treaties with far off nations, but not the Canaanites....

4. They did not consult God, but signed a treaty promising peace and

mutual support...

5. Three days later, they found out that the Gibeonites were only 19

miles away from their campsite! Note verse 18.

6. The Mistakes Israel made are similar in cause to many of ours...

(1) they judged by what they saw (1-13)....

(2) the Israelites assumed honesty before it was proven; their words

had the "ring of truth." They were gullible...God "con" men cannot be

discerned from the sincere; our pride causes us to think we can, which is exactly what they play upon...

(3) they failed to ask God (14-15); How often we rush into things!

7. The Gibeonites became laborers (semi-slaves); they had been serving Adoni-zedek perhaps as slaves anyhow, so no change for them!

8. Now this mistake did not hurt the Jews too much; the Gibeonites are never mentioned as leading them into idolatry, and they were eventually incorporated into the nation centuries later...

----BECAUSE WE SOMETIMES ESCAPE UNSCATHED FROM OUR MISTAKES DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD EMBOLDEN OURSELVES AND BECOME RECKLESS.

Now the Israelites would be put to the test: would they honor a

commitment they regretted making?

II. The Challenge (chapter 10)

1. Adoni-Zedek= The Lord is Righteous...

(1) King of (Jeru)Salem, like Melchizedek 500 years earlier...

(2) Melchizedek (King of Righteousness)

(3) Probably God-fearing priest-kings at first, now the order of

Melchizedek bore resemblance to its founder in name only...

2. The Gibeonites called Joshua for help (6)

(1) this put their integrity on the line; would they risk their lives for a treaty they were deceived into making?

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