Have you ever gone back to the house you grew up in and noticed how much smaller it is than it seemed when you were young?
So Here’s the Back Story…
- Our story begins in Joshua 9…
- Joshua and Israel had just defeated the city of Ai (Achan’s sin place)
- There were four cities that house the Gibeonite people.
- They heard what Israel was doing and was totally scared.
- The rest of the kingdoms around them joined together to fight against Israel
- The Gibeonites had another plan.
- They dressed in old torn clothes and went up to Joshua saying they are from a faraway land and wanted to make a oath of peace with them.
- The leaders of Israel questioned these guys wondering if they were from a close by town.
- Joshua ignored their concern and quickly made a peace treaty with them.
- 3 days later he finds out that they were indeed on of the people groups that they were going to attack and destroy.
Here’s the story from Joshua 10:1-7:
“Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and had become their allies. 2 He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters.
3 So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish and Debir king of Eglon. 4 “Come up and help me attack Gibeon,” he said, “because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.”
5 Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces.
They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it.
6 The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.”
How do you think Joshua should respond to this situation?
“So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. 8 The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”
9 After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise.”
- So Joshua had gathered the entire army
- He gathered the best fighting men
- Marched them 25 miles (all night)
- Arrived the morning after the request was sent.
What was God’s response?
10 The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.
12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!
15 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.
Why would God protect and fight for a lying/ cheating nation?
God loves His people.
- He was going to bless those who are for Israel
- He was going to curse those who were against.
WE HAVE A BIG GOD WHO WANTS TO FIGHT FOR US.
How many dimensions is God?
-Height – All knowing
– Depth – Everywhere at once
-Width – All Powerful
-Eternal – Spirit
GOD IS BIG AND UNFATHOMABLE.
- Create a God that can be understood
- Create a God that thinks like and reasons like a person
But in Isaiah 55:8-11 the Lord says:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
We cannot fully grasp or understand the magnitude of God, yet…
- He reveals Himself to us in ways that we can understand
- He walks with us and dwells within us
- He fights for us in ways we do not see
Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”
- He wants to help us through our daily battles
- He wants to direct our paths for His purposes
- He wants to empower us to see both ours and His victory
WE NEED TO HAVE A BIGGER VIEW OF GOD.