Southern Alliance


God’s Story For Your Life

Southern Alliance
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Read Joshua
10:1-15
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So these five Amorite kings combined their
armies for a united attack. They
moved all their troops into place and
attacked Gibeon.

The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at
his camp in Gilgal.
“Don’t abandon your servants now!” they pleaded. “Come at
once! Save us! Help
us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill
country have joined forces
to attack us.”

So Joshua and his entire
army, including his best warriors, left Gilgal and
set out for Gibeon. “Do
not be afraid of them,” the LORD said to Joshua, “for
I have given you
victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to
stand up to
you.”

Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the Amorite armies by surprise.
The LORD threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered
great numbers
of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along
the road to
Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and
Makkedah. As the
Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the LORD
destroyed them with
a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until
they reached Azekah. The
hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites
killed with the sword.

On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory
over the Amorites, Joshua
prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of
Israel. He said, “Let the sun
stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the
valley of Aijalon.” / (Joshua
10:5-12)

Reflect
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The
Amorite kings resented the Gibeonites for making a peace treaty with
Israel;
the kings saw this as betrayal, so they attacked Gibeon.

After having
been deceived by the Gibeonites, Joshua and the leaders could
have been slow
about their attempt to rescue them. Instead, they immediately
responded to
their call for help.

This alliance of enemy kings from the south actually
helped Joshua and his
army. Because the enemies had united to attack Gibeon,
Joshua spent less time
and energy battling against each fortified city
represented in the coalition.
Joshua confidently confronted this coalition of
armies and weakened them in a
single battle because he trusted God to give
Israel the victory. Afterwards,
Israel could easily defeat each of the cities
in the coalition.

Coming to Gibeon’s rescue shows Joshua’s integrity. How
willing would you be
to help someone who had deceived you, even though you
had forgiven him or her?
We should honor our word just as decisively as
Joshua did.

Respond
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What sacrifices are you willing to make
to keep your word? Have you made
agreements with others that were made
without your knowing the full story?
What does it mean to remain faithful in
situations like these? If you have
made a promise, remember Joshua. Consider
whether maybe you should keep it,
even though it may be difficult or come at
a cost.

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