God Considers An Oath As Binding


There is another point in Joshua 9 that had far reaching consequences. The two ambassadors from Gibeon spelled out their deceit. They declared how fresh all their provisions were when they left. Verse 14 says, “Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.” Had they asked the Lord, He would have told them of the deception. Nothing is hidden from Him.


The covenant they made was binding in the eyes of God. Saul made a fatal mistake when he broke that covenant. 2 Samuel 21 was the account of David avenging the Gibeonites. There was a famine in the land for three years. David inquired of the Lord for the reason. Verse 1 says, “…The Lord answered, It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.”


I really appreciate the account recorded about David in 2 Samuel 5:18-24. He was faced with two exact scenes. Yet, as each one was presented before him, he inquired of the Lord. The Lord interacts in our lives as He did in those before us. He doesn’t change. He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself.


Therefore, when a new situation arises in our lives, we need to ask Him what to do. We are called to live by faith. It is an unshakeable heart-conviction of belief in what God has said. We don’t copy what the Lord told us to do previously. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith…” I like to stop right there and consider the word ‘now’ as present, current, active, steadfast, and fresh. 


Isaiah 30:1 says, “Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord, Who take counsel, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.” Verse 15 says, “…In returning and rest you will be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. But you would not.” Tragic words.


Hebrews 6:17 says, “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it with an oath.” What God has spoken is an oath and it will come to pass. Ephesians 1:11 says that He works everything in our lives according to the counsel of His will. We can trust Him explicitly. 

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