I gotta say, I like the Gibeonites. They survey the situation and cut their losses. I imagine the king of the city telling its entire population, “Get on your shabby clothes and grab some stale bread; we’re throwing a Hail Mary!”
While in one moment, we are told Joshua took them in before consulting with the LORD, the next moment is the greatest divine intervention ever recorded and it’s for the sake of these Gibeonites we never found out if the LORD planned to save.
They get it:
“Your servants have come from a very far country because of the fame of the LORD your God; for we have heard the report of Him and all that He did in Egypt, and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon and to Og king of Bashan who was at Ashtaroth.” (9:9-10)
Whether this is a line or not, this is the intended effect of hearing about the LORD.
You are powerful, my best chance at life is to be Your servant.
Who knows what the LORD would have said, if He had been consulted. Maybe He was fine not giving their game away. In any case, He is clearly involved in Joshua’s conquest to protect them.
“GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:5-7)
Gibeon was called a Great city with Mighty men. Still, they didn’t take the road of the other kings and go down swinging, trusting in their might. They become a sort of example of surrender to us.
What battle do you find yourself surrounded by? What would it look like to humbly surrender to the LORD? You can be sure, He will lift up the humble.
Check out Carly’s post on these chapters, too.