The events in Joshua chapter ten followed right after the nation of Israel had been deceived into breaking the command of God. God had told them to march into Canaan and kill all the inhabitants of the land. Israel had successfully destroyed Jericho and Ai, but then the city of Gibeon sent men disguised as travelers from a distant land to trick Israel into signing a peace treaty and forming an alliance with them. In Exodus 23:32-33, God had specifically forbidden Israel from making any covenants with the people in Canaan. He said, "Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in thy land." Israel fell for the deception of Gibeon, and by signing the treaty, they violated the command of God. Chapter nine ends with Israel’s realization of their sin, but look at how God turned their mistake into a victory in Chapter ten.
Bill Fortenberry is a Christian philosopher and historian in Birmingham, AL. Bill's work has been cited in several legal journals, and he has appeared as a guest on shows including The Dr. Gina Show, The Michael Hart Show, and Real Science Radio.
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