Joshua 9 is the story of the Gibeonites planned deception. Verse 3-5 says, “But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they worked craftily, and went and pretended to be ambassadors. And they took old sacks on their donkeys, old wineskins torn and mended, old and patched sandals on their feet, and old garments on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and moldy.”
Their actions revealed a very well thought out plan to deceive. Why? They feared for their lives. Verse 9 says that they had come from a very far country. The truth was they were next in line after Ai. Verse 16 says, “…they were their neighbors who dwelt near them.”
What was the result? In verse 22 Joshua asked why they had deceived them. Verse 23 says, “Now therefore, you are cursed, and none of you shall be freed from being slaves…” In verse 24 the Gibeonites gave their reason for the deception. It says, “…we were very much afraid for our lives because of you…”
Let’s go back to the first recorded planned deception and the curse that followed. Genesis 3:1 says, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which God had made…” He deceived Eve by making her question God’s command. Verse 14 says, “So the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed…on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.”
Why do we plan to deceive? It is first a thought. Our deceitful actions are premeditated. 2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” Deceit is a work of darkness. We are children of light.