Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:22-27

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 9:22-27

FACTS: What Does it Say?

22: Joshua spoke: “Why have you deceived us, saying ‘We are far’ When you are within our land?”
23: Now you are cursed and shall never cease being slaves
24: They answered: “It was told that the LORD had commanded Moses to give you the land & destroy the ALL inhabitants, we feared for our lives.”
25: “We are in your hands, do as it seems good and right to do.”
26: They did not kill them.
27: Joshua made them hewers of wood, drawers of water for the congregation and the altar of the LORD

LESSONS, What does it Mean?

22: Joshua confronts the lie. Sin must be dealt with, not shoved under the rug or ignored. We are sinners. We will all find ourselves at one time or another in this situation, confronted with our wrongdoing. Romans 3:23 “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10 “There is none righteous, no not one.”
23: There are consequences for deceitful actions, sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” We too, all find ourselves deserving of a punishment, we too have no hope of getting out of. BUT…. GOD!!! Romans 5:8 “BUT GOD demonstrated His own LOVE for US that while we were still sinners (enemies, Gibeonites,) Christ died for US!” Romans 10:9 “ that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
24-25: The Gibeonites knew the Truth, when confronted with their deceit they did not fight the charges, “Yes, we came in deceit. You are calling us liars, that is accurate, do as you (Israel) think is right.” The Gibeonites believed God would do what He said he would do when they heard it through Moses, so they were doomed, a people without hope. Gibeon is trying to be counted in with Israel and their God, they realize they don’t deserve to be saved, and they put their future in the hands of Joshua. Romans 10:9 “ that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as LORD and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
Before I get all up in Joshua’s grill for “letting Gibeon off the hook” I need to remember that same grace is extended to me and to you from God Almighty! We are all no better than the Gibeonites, and yes, grace and mercy have been extended to us through Jesus, if we are willing to accept it. The choice is ours! (this same grace was extended to Rahab and her family in chapter 6)
26: Gibeon did not receive what they deserved. By the grace of God, they were saved.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our LORD Jesus Christ.” Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is NOW NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
27: Once saved by grace, honestly it doesn’t matter what it is that God has asked me to do, no task is too menial or too far beneath me, because of the depths to which God has come to invade my life and save me. By the grace of God, Gibeon was able to cut wood and draw water for the God of Israel, now, their God…. the God who saved them, not because they lied were they saved, but because of God’s grace and His grace alone. PRAISE GOD! Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all my sin….
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”

Applications, What does it Mean to Me?

22: Am I willing to confront the sin in my life and deal with it? Have I ever stopped to realize that I am a sinner, unholy before a holy God?
23: Do I get mad at God when I am faced with the consequences for my own actions? Do I find myself in a place of hopelessness because of my sin? Did I ever realize the consequences for my sin are separation from a God who loves me and provided a way to fix that gap of separation?
24-25: Am I quick to agree with God about the status of my heart, or am I stubborn trying to fight the charges with some fancy lawyering? Have I asked God what the status of my heart is? Am I thankful for the grace God extended to me, but when it comes to “other worse” people in my eyes, do I judge them and get angry with God’s mercy and love? Do I believe and take God at His Word, like the Gibeonites did?
26: Do I realize God has provided a way out from underneath the consequences of my sin?
27: How has God extended His grace to me? Have I accepted God’s gift of grace in my life, Have I accepted Jesus? (God’s gift is always a gift, offered, free and undeserved, but it is not mine until I receive it and take it for myself)

LIVE IT OUT!
Have you ever accepted the grace God has offered to us through Jesus? We too can be counted in as His people, like the Gibeonites and Rahab, but we have to accept the gift. The great thing about this gift, is that is it always available 24/7 to everyone who will accept Him! God’s gift is not a groupon available to just a select few, it will never be sold out! Jesus was God, with skin on. Jesus lived a perfect life, and died a horrific death, the death which demonstrated the wrath God Almighty has against sin. Three days later Jesus rose from the grave! The payment of sin paid in full when He died on the cross, and the grip of sin broken when He rose from the grave. God loves you that much, that He came personally to fix the separation your sin created between you and Him. If you have never accepted God’s free gift of grace, will you now?

If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! “God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!”

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Homework: Joshua 10:1-5

8 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 9:22-27”

  1. Verse 22 Then Joshua called for them and spoke to them, saying, “Why have you deceived us, saying, ‘We are very far from you,’ when you are living within our land?
    • Joshua spoke to them “Why have you deceived us, saying ‘we are very far from you’ when you are living within our land?”
    • Joshua gave them an opportunity to be heard.
    • When I discover that I have been lied to, do I allow the liar to tell me his/her reasoning? When I have my facts straight, am I merciful enough to still hear the other side of the argument?

    Verse 23 Now therefore, you are cursed, and you shall never cease being slaves, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.”
    • You are cursed and shall never cease being slaves for the house of my God.
    • Oh the self-righteousness and piety that flowed from Joshua’s lips! Pronouncing judgment and cursing for his God.
    • How often have I been guilty of this same mistake, speaking in Stef-righteousness in the Name of my God when “He has been offended” by sinners’ mistakes? Do I rush in with my judgments and go ahead and declare someone guilty before allowing them the chance to explain?

    Verse 24 So they answered Joshua and said, “Because it was certainly told your servants that the LORD your God had commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land before you; therefore we feared greatly for our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
    • They answered “…it was told that God had commanded Moses to give you all the land and destroy the inhabitants…we feared greatly for our lives…”
    • When in dire situations people will do almost anything to save their lives. The Gibeonites did this very thing. They knew of God’s power and had seen their neighbours be annihilated. They feared death so they did what they could to survive.
    • What lies have I said to protect myself from wrath? What lengths have I gone to to save myself from damnation? Would I do it again, knowing what I know now? Has someone else’s power caused me to feel less than so that I had to do what I could to stay in the game, to have another chance, to possibly get it right this time?

    Verse 25 Now behold, we are in your hands; do as it seems good and right in your sight to do to us.”
    • We are in your hands. Do as it seems good and right in your sight to do to us.
    • Wow! They left themselves open on this one! If they had just said for Joshua to do what is good and right, that still would have left them open to much judgment. But they threw in those three words “in your sight” and really messed up. Had they stuck to what the Word taught, they might have fared better. Whether they were trying to get on his good side, knowing his reputation for doing what God told him, or whether they were trying to get to his physical side and play on his emotions, I venture to say they wish they had not added on those three words.
    • How many times have I judged according to Stef’s laws rather than to God’s laws? Have I been cajoled, flattered, or again, too Stef-righteous to be fair? Do I let words sway my emotions or do I stick to the truth when put in the position of pronouncing results for consequences that cannot be ignored?

    Verse 26 Thus he did to them, and delivered them from the hands of the sons of Israel, and they did not kill them.
    • They did not kill them.
    • Joshua did what was right in his eyes and did not kill the Gibeonites.
    • When have I had the power to save someone from their poor actions? Did I do it mercifully or was there more sentencing that I had yet to pronounce to the sinner because I just wasn’t sure if they really understood the depth of the infraction committed?

    Verse 27 But Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to this day, in the place which He would choose.
    • Joshua made them hewers of wood and drawers of water for the altar of the Lord.
    • Joshua in a way was merciful to them but I wonder if he tried to force religion down their throats by placing them in such a place where they were daily confronted by their sins. Was his intent to make them feel lowly or was it to give them the opportunity to see God in action and repent from their former ways?
    • Too often I have been guilty of throwing Bible verses, sending tapes/cds/devotions at someone who has fallen and think that if they are just covered with every type of religious paraphernalia then surely they would see the light and become just as great as I am. Ha! What is a better way for me to exhibit God’s grace? In the past when I have tried to “straighten” someone out, I used to do this. Now, instead, I try to lead by example. Yet, if one is not exposed to God’s truths, then how can s/he learn the error of her/his ways and learn God’s truth? Lord, please help me to have wisdom when I am put in the position of correction, whether it is with my grandsons or in another area that I have this responsibility. Will You help me to John 7:24 { Do not judge according to appearance, but} judge with righteous judgment” so that I may be an example of grace rather than a tool of shame?

    1. Hey Steph! Thanks for all your hard work! I am not sure I agree that Joshua was acting in a self righteous way… I think that Gibeon knew Joshua was a godly man… and they knew they were at the mercy of his God, I think it was God’s grace that allowed the Gibeonites to live. Joshua confronted their sin, and they agreed with what they did. Much like what God’s Word does to us. I think that when they told Joshua to do what he saw as right, they understood they were deserving of death, but again, trusted that Joshua, a godly man would do that which his God wanted him to do. I think Gibeon showed great humility and Joshua extended God’s grace. Deuteronomy 29:11-12 it talks of making a covenant with God, even those “aliens” within the camp who are hewers of wood and drawers of water…. I think being a man of the Word as Joshua was, he was very aware of that covenant made that day with Moses, and thus gave the Gibeonites the honor or serving the God who extended grace to them…. may they always remember that grace flowed from God, not Joshua. The Gibeonites remind me of Rahab…. Rahab a harlot and her family saved from destruction because she lied to her own people and hid the spies. Again, she knew she was doomed, at the mercy of God, and His grace and mercy was extended to her. Press on! Keep up the study!

  2. Hi online gals,
    I hope your week is going well!!
    OK here goes:
    FACTS:
    v.22) Joshua summoned the Gibeonites saying “Why did you deceive us?”
    v.23) You are now under a curse. You’ll never cease to be wood cutters/water carriers for the house of my God.
    v.24) They answered Joshua “We were in fear for our lives and that’s why we did this”
    v.25) “We are in your hands. Do what seems good and right to you.” they said
    v.26) Joshua saved them. They were not killed.
    v.27) That day Joshua made the Gibeonites wood cutters/water carriers for the community and for the altar of the LORD. That is what they do to this day.

    LESSONS:
    v.22 It is right to call out the wrong that has been done against God and /or His people. The Bible shows us, when we expose sin to the light/truth it kicks the power out of Satan’s tricks! Ephesians 5: 8-15, Romans 10:9
    v.23) There are strong penalties for our sin. It grieves my heart for the blindness of our culture (same blindness of the Gibeonites) because they do not KNOW. That is what we are here for, to do like Joshua and show the light.
    v.24) The Gibeonites said they acted out of fear…totally understandable…but it cost them. They looked only at the fear. Fear, if focused on, will drive us to do very wrong/stupid things. It will also cause us to act cowardly. Then, we will have to live with the consequences.
    v.26) Joshua stood up and put legs to his words and saved them from death. Having the courage to stand up against the “crowd” is hard for me. I see a courage in Joshua I completely admire and want. This courage is from Jesus and totally available to us!!
    v.27) Sin carries a generational weight. It could be that the decision I make today could affect my sweet-ones in the years to come. This is what we see in the Gibeonites’ lives. Their kids had to pay for the fearful decision their parents made. Make choices wisely.
    APPLICATIONS:

    -Do I call sin as sin, or do I sugar-coat it (for myself and others) so it won’t make me feel so bad? Do I bring “it” to the light and let Jesus shine His Truth on it to expose the sin?
    -Am I showing the “blind” spiritually speaking, the right way to go? Do I give out mercy because (that was once me)?
    -Do I let fear control my actions?
    -Do I own my responsibility and carry it out with courage?
    -Am I considering the chains and load-bearing weight I am placing upon the shoulders of the next generation to follow by choosing “this or that” sin? Even if it seems small in the worlds eyes (the Gibeonites only told a “few” lies) but it affected them for the rest of their lives! Am I willing to look at each sin with THAT kind of weight…God does.

    We must be brave in our walk and call sin what it is and not tolerate it in our lives, even if it seems “small”. We must start with the log in our own eye. We must lead the way for the lost to be able to see our Christ. We must do this courageously-not cocky…not the same thing.
    We cannot choose to sin and refuse to see the consequences. The plain ole truth is sin always results in death. Sin, when not dealt with, places a chain around the neck of, not just us, but the ones that follow us…our babies. God help us to choose YOU and pass on that freedom, not curses.

    Kendra, I love the mercy you pulled out of this lesson. I seen the result of the “sin” and you helped me see the merciful side of it. God is so awesome!! He give us truth on every turn. What a gift His word is!!
    Stefanie, your very last sentence struck a cord in me. “…so that I may be an example of grace rather than a tool of shame.” I pray our live will be full of that grace.
    I thank God for you girls. Your wisdom is inspiring me to press on and teaching me so much.
    God bless! Robin

  3. Wow! You all have such powerful things to say. I must admit that I didn’t think there was much to gain from these last few verses of Joshua 9 but the Holy Spirit has proven otherwise! Kendra, your message was right on!! I loved it! Oh the grace we have all received! There is hope for loved ones and others who aren’t in the family of God.

    I’m just going to post my lessons & applications to save some time.

    Lessons:
    v.22-24 The kings from the nearby areas realized they would need the protection of the children of Israel to survive. Joshua realized he’d made a mistake but knowing that he’d made an oath before God knew it would be worse for them if the oath was broken. Sin can make us slaves but God’s forgiveness can cover our sin. Maybe we need to be willing to do the least job in order to receive the greater blessing. My words/promises/agreements are important to others. It’s a reflection of the character I show as a Christ follower. I need to be careful of what I say and how I say things to others.
    v.25-26 Submission is honorable. I need to be submissive. God can protect me. He is the ONLY TRUE GOD! I can put my trust in Him. He is Jehovah Elohim –God; Jehovah El-Roi – the One Who Sees. He is also Elohei Chasdi – God of my Kindness (Ps. 59:17). From chesed, the covenantal faithfulness (of God) (Ps. 89:29; 144:2) ~~www.hebrew4christians.com
    Our Protector. The One who will keep us from harm. Our deliverer. The One who brings us out of the miry clay; who loosens Satan’s grip. Joshua surely knew this as he was conversing with the Gibeonites & other kings.
    v.27 God chose us for the work we would do. He keeps us and strengthens us until the work is complete.

    Applications:
    • Who am I to think that your sin is worse than mine?
    • Do I have a forgiving spirit? Am I accepting others who look different, think different, & even act different than me so that God’s kindness can penetrate into their lives too??
    • Do I realize the protection God has granted to me and is giving me each day?
    • What is God really teaching me? Am I building relationships that are pleasing to Him? Am I harboring a haughty spirit and unconsciously blocking out those whom God wants to be included into His fellowship?
    • Where is my “submission meter” right now – totally submissive, somewhat submissive, not submissive & being stubborn?
    • Do I realize the impact I have on others around me?
    • Am I harboring hatred!? (God forgive me!)
    • Why am I not calling on My Deliverer? Do I turn to Him when I’m distressed? How can I lead others to Him?
    • Why do I question the work God gives me? Do I trust in His strength to complete what He’s called me to do?

    I hope to use some of your thoughts in a women’s group soon. We’re doing a Women’s Conference at our church & I’ve been asked to lead a small session. Kendra, I hope to present the 3 questions you taught to the ladies and invite them to join this study. If any of you are not comfortable with me using what you’ve shared then please let me know.

    1. Hey Kay!
      Absolutely share those 3 questions! I like Anne’s website annegrahamlotz.com she goes through the whole process! Awesome! I hope it goes well!!!!

  4. Kendra,
    I went to Anne’s website and watched her video. I’m learning sooo much from doing this Bible study and from what you taught this past Jan/Feb. I’m looking forward to sharing. I’m learning how to listen to the Holy Spirit in a whole new way.

    My husband & I were discussing the events of what happened in the book of Joshua as we were driving to church tonight. Why did God spare Rahab and then the Gibeonites when He has specifically told Moses & Joshua to utterly destroy all the inhabitants of Canaan? We could both see how God’s mercy & grace were extended to them because of their belief in what the God of Israel had done for His people. How awesome is God to do that for them?!! And how awesome is He to continue to do that today! How great is our God!

    1. Indeed! How great is our God! God’s mercy is so evident! How grateful I am for that same mercy extended to me! LORD, may we never take for granted the depths of Your mercy! Thanks Kay!

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