Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:16-21

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 9:16-21 

FACTS, What Does it Say?

16: At the end of 3 days after they made a covenant with them, they heard they were neighbors, living within their land.

17: Israel came to their cities on the third day.

18:  Israel did not strike them b/c the leaders swore an oath by the LORD God of Israel.  The congregation grumbled

19: The leaders said, “ We swore by the LORD the God of Israel, we can’t touch them.”

20: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us for the oath we swore.”

21:  They became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation.

LESSONS, What does it mean?

16-17:  The deceit of Gibeon towards Israel is discovered.  People will set out to deceive me in this world, unfortunately it is a cold hard fact.

18-19:  Hold fast to your word, your word needs to be your bond, it reflects upon the God I say I serve, especially when it is difficult.   Popular opinion may try to sway and pressure me to break my word, after all, the oath was made upon a lie… so doesn’t that make a nice loophole for me to get out of it?  The right thing to do is never the easy thing.

20:  Don’t sin on top of a sin.  Perspective is everything… Don’t be so quick to complain about someone else’s integrity that I degrade my integrity in the process, maybe I am currently being tested in the exact same way…  “In your anger do not sin” Psalm 4:4, Eph 4:26

21:  Better is one day in Your courts as a wood chopper, water carrier, door holder or bathroom cleaner…. than a thousand elsewhere! Perhaps my reaction to the situation will bring that person into contact with their Saviour! PRAISE that God kept His Word to me in spite of my poor behavior!

Application, What Does it Mean to me?

16-17: When have I been purposely deceived by someone and what was my reaction when I found out? Have I ever purposefully deceived someone to get my way or to get ahead, and what was the other person’s reaction when they found out? Anger? Hurt? disappointment? What was my reaction in both situations?  Godly or ungodly?  Did I attempt to make things right, or is it always right so long as I come out ahead? 

18-19: Even strong godly leaders will make mistakes, am I quick to point the finger, or do I realize I am just one decision away from making the exact same mistake?  Am I swayed by the convincing arguments of friends to break my word to someone?

20: Will I give people what I think they deserve? Or will I be careful that I don’t find myself in the same exact sin?  Will I hold fast to my oath for the sake of God’s name even when it’s difficult?  Will I hold fast to my oath for the sake of God’s name when people both godly and ungodly would understand if I didn’t?

21:  Will I keep an eternal focus when I am currently suffering and taking a loss? When has my reaction to a situation been a good example of Christ for someone else and when has my reaction to a situation been a not so good example of Christ? Have I thanked God for His faithfulness to me regardless of my deceitful actions?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications from a verse or two and what they mean to you.  Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study?  Please share this blog link with them.   

HOMEWORK: Joshua 9:22-27

10 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:16-21”

  1. Hi Ladies! OK! Here we go! I would like to encourage you to share facts, lessons and applications of your favorite verse or two from the homework! Let’s encourage each other with what God is doing in our lives!

  2. As the children journed to the cities they found out these were those who came to us and lied about being on a long journey. THey had said they were from a far away country. Although they were told to smit all those in those countries they did not. They had made an oath to let them live. THey Israel stood by their oath to GOd. What this means to me is that I need to do what God has told me to do in circumstances where I have been used, lied to hurt. No matter what the circumstances I need to obey God not man.

  3. Hi online gals!!
    Better late than never!
    Okay, here goes:
    v.16) 3 days after the treaty, Israel heard the Gibeonites were neighbors.
    v.17) Israel set out on 3rd day and went to Gibeon’s cities.
    v.18) Israel did not attack because they had promised not on oath by the LORD God of Israel. The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders.
    v.19) leaders said “We can’t touch them now”
    v.20,21) “This is what we will do: Let them live…we will escape wrath because we kept the oath we swore. They will be wood-cutters and water carriers for the house of God.”


    1. OOPS!! (hit the wrong button)
      Let me try this again.
      v.16) Never jump into a decision. God will bring information into our path for prayer and wisdom on decision making. He will expose a lie and show truth to you. Sometimes it will take time to reveal. Be patient.
      v.17) It is never to late to turn toward God even after a fall or mess up.
      v.18) Israel kept their word and the whole assembly grumbled. The time to speak up is before the oath. We must not be people in the body who nothing (or very little) then sit back and “bash” the leaders after a decision has been made. It is ok to speak up against a wrong, but grumbling…not ok with God. God gives us inside info. to know which direction to go in our prayers FOR our leaders and lift them up to Him, not complaining. Complaining opens a door to evil, I am CONVINCED, that is opened no other way.
      v.19) We must choose to do the right thing, even when its hard. Keeping our word is a HUGE deal to God.
      v. 20,21) The Israelites chose to do the right thing and let them live to stay true to there word. (21)Because of their oath they let them live but them made them work for them. I don’t know if this was the right thing to do or not but what choice did they have? Snap decisions will always lead to “not the best” results. Good for the Gibeonites that they were not wiped out.

      -Do I jump head-first into a snap decision only to regret it later? Do I act hastily and not inquire of the LORD?
      -Do I see God as a big Judge who is wagging His finger at me in disdain or do I see Him as the God of 2nd chances?
      -Do I set back and let the church do its thing then G-R-U-M-B-L-E when it is not to my satisfaction? GOD HELP US HERE!!
      -Do I stick to my word even when it is the hard thing to do? Do I do the hard thing b/c it is the right thing with no other motive?
      -Do I keep my promises?
      -Do I own up to my sin and accept the just punishment?

      I feel like the over all theme in this section of verses, for me was two fold.
      1st, Be patient.
      2nd, Stick to your word.
      If we will be patient and search out what God thinks on any given request He WILL show us His will and way.
      We must be a people that our “YES” is yes, and our “NO” is no. This will stand out to the world who is seeking after integrity. Be a people of our word even if it is only God who sees.
      Kendra, I loved where you wrote, “Will I keep an eternal focus when I am currently suffering and taking a loss?” That was a good reminder to me. Thanks. I struggle here. I am beginning to see situation(s) in an eternal perspective (sometimes not as quick as I’d like) but it is beginning to be more obvious. One baby step at a time I guess.
      I hope everyone has a very blessed week!!
      Your sister in HIM, Robin
      P.S. Kendra, read the “making pearls” article…LOVED IT!!!!! Your daughter sounds very wise for her sweet age. Please tell her I am proud of her (even though she does not know me) because she taught me (a 44 yr. old) a HUGE lesson!!!! Tell her, she rocks!! God Bless.

      1. Complaining opens a door to evil, I am CONVINCED, that is opened no other way. Boy Robin, you nailed that one! It’s so easy to let the whining and griping continue (back when I taught school I called it griping+whining=”grining”). So many of us just want to whine and fuss about what everyone else does. We take no responsibility for our parts in letting those whom we have elected make the choices that effect us all. Sigh. Jesus, can You just come get us today?

        1. Stefanie,
          “Grining” that is too funny :). I see me using that one down the road.
          I have to keep a tight check on the “grining” cause I fall into it fast, if not guarded.
          I’m right there with you…”COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS!!!!”
          Hope you have a great rest of the night tonight. You bless my heart!! Thank you sis!!

      2. Thanks Robin! I will tell my sweet girl. Thanks for your kind words. Lord, give her Your continued grace!

  4. Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful day!
    v.16 At the end of 3 days, after they(Israel) had made a covenant, they heard that the Gibeonites & others were their neighbors.
    v.17 Israel journeyed & came to their cities on the third day.
    v.18 But Israel did not attack b/c the rulers had sworn to them. All the congregation complained against the rulers.
    v.19 The rulers said, “We have sworn to them, therefore, we may not touch them.
    v.20 This we will do: Let them live, lest wrath be upon us.”
    v.21 The rulers said, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters & water carriers.

    v.16-17 I’m sure we’ve all made bad decisions but didn’t find out until later how wrong they were and the consequences on those decisions. How much easier it would be if we would inquire of God what He would have us do before making any decisions. His Spirit will not lead us down the wrong path. We can misled by others who are closest to us. We have to be close to God. Make sure our relationship with Him is right. Be watchful of those who say they are for us.
    v.18-19 God holds us accountable for our words and actions. All of Israel were complaining now but had been complacent before to let the rulers make the decisions.
    v.20-21 The rulers convinced the people to let the Gibeonites & others live, placing them as woodcutters & water carriers. Compromise is complicated. We must be careful about our actions. It doesn’t seem to be what God intended but He can use our mistakes to bring about good in our lives.

    v.16-17 Do I make decisions w/o thinking about the consequences? Do I say things before thinking? What needs to happen in my life to make me more aware of my surroundings & the effects my decisions have on those close to me?
    v.18-19 Are there Scripture verses that I could memorize to help me guard my tongue? Do I grumble & complain against the ones in leadership? Shouldn’t I be praying for them instead?
    v.20-21 Do I remember or does God have to remind me often how good He is to me? Do I remember where I’ve come from? Am I grateful for the job(s) He has given to me to help provide for my family? How can I quickly get back on track with God’s plans?

    Live it out:
    Make God first in my life. Seek His wisdom often. Be slow to speak. Give encouragement. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. (KJV)

  5. Verse 16 It came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land.
    • At the end of three days they heard that they were neighbors that were living within their land
    • It doesn’t take long for the truth to reveal itself after deception has taken place. Usually the truth is right under our eyes if our eyes are open to seeing it.
    • What truths am I missing? What am I not concerning myself with that I need to be so that my battle gear is intact?

    Verse 17 Then the sons of Israel set out and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon and Chephirah and Beeroth and Kiriath-jearim.
    • The sons of Israel came to their cities on the third day.
    • The leaders went out to investigate after three days. They didn’t go alone; they had support, back up.
    • When confronting a wrong, do I do it alone or do I do it biblically, as was taught in Matthew 18:16 “…take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established”?

    Verse 18 The sons of Israel did not strike them because the leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD the God of Israel. And the whole congregation grumbled against the leaders.
    • The sons didn’t strike them. The whole congregation grumbled against the leaders.
    • Promises must be kept or one’s word is null. In this case, the leaders had made a poor choice yet their vow to God was a public one. The people wanted their cake and wanted to eat it too. All of the congregation was unhappy with the job their leaders were doing.
    • As the elections went on this past week and as they loom ahead for November, it is imperative that we be sure of the folks we are putting into positions that represent us as a whole. Am I careful about researching the ones I put my “faith” in?

    Verse 19 But all the leaders said to the whole congregation, “We have sworn to them by the LORD, the God of Israel, and now we cannot touch them.
    • The leaders told the congregation that they had sworn to them by the Lord and now we cannot touch them.
    • Oh to have the 20/20 hindsight first! Just think of the grief we could save from ourselves! Once a choice and/or decision has been made and sworn upon to the Lord, it can’t be undone. Deut 23:32 says “When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the LORD your God will surely require it of you.” The leaders knew it would be a debt they did not wish to pay to God so they kept their word to the interlopers.
    • Have I made promises that I must keep, even though my opinion, my change of heart tells me that they are not what I truly want to do? Even though I think something is right now, I cannot undo a vow that I have made. Take marriage for instance. I vowed to remain faithful, to love in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, ‘til death do we part (I had the pastor leave out the “obey” part ☺). If I change my mind and wish to have another man (which believe you me I do not!) then I am bound by my vow and should not break it.

    Verse 20 This we will do to them, even let them live, so that wrath will not be upon us for the oath which we swore to them.”
    • We will let them live so that the wrath will not be upon us.
    • The Israelites said they would keep their word. They had to maintain their integrity so that—even in the face of humiliation—their faith, their testimony to God would be intact. Even though they had erred, they feared God more than man.
    • When others get to make fun of me and some of the bad choices I have made, I just have to suck it up and go on. When has my pride not allowed me to maintain my own integrity for my relationship with God? When did Stef have to be right and negate what I had already promised to God so that my face would be saved—in the world’s eyes– and I would have to face the consequences for my poor choices? Why did I care what the world thought anyway? When I make a promise to God, I must trust that He will take care of the foolishness of my follies. I am pretty sure in His infinite wisdom that He was aware that I’d mess up and He’d have to do damage control in His own way.

    Verse 21 The leaders said to them, “Let them live.” So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them.
    • The leaders said to let them live. They became hewers of wood and drawers of water, just as had been spoken to them.
    • When combining new wine into old flasks, we know that there will be trouble ahead. Allowing those we do not trust into the fold is hard, especially when we realize that they have lied to us. However, in hopes of grace, in hopes of our “good” rubbing off on them, we allow them into our homes, our churches, our fellowship. We don’t always understand why we do this but we trust the greater good, that indeed all things will work together for those who love the Lord.
    • When have I taken someone under my wing and hoped that my relationship with God would shine through and that soul would want this for him/herself? Do I put them in a lowly position in order to prove themselves before letting them deeper into the fellowship of the saints? Even when I know that someone has messed up, do I show grace and offer the second chances that have been repeatedly given to me?

  6. Great Remarks ladies! So much Truth in this chapter. How hard is it to keep our word… especially to a world we may see at doing nothing to deserve it. In keeping our word we show Jesus…. to those He died to save.

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