When the Israelites are unfaithful in making a covenant with the Gibeonites God remains faithful through the curse of Joshua: 1. the unfaithfulness of the Israelites 2. the faithfulness of God
Introduction: 1. People often talk about â€˜God opening doorsâ€™ in their lives. What does our text teach us about this topic? Point 1: 2. Verses 1 & 2 speak about the kings west of the Jordan coming together to make war against Israel? How do we learn the importance of this battle? 3. In what sense is our situation today similar to the situation of the Israelites in our text? How might we react? What does our text teach us in this respect? 4. Who brought trouble upon the Israelites in Joshua 7? Who brings trouble upon the Israelites in our text? What does this mean for the communion of saints in the church today? Point 2: 5. What is the difference between Rahab â€“ one Canaanite who joined the Old Testament church â€“ and the Gibeonites? What pattern of events has consistently taken place in church history? 6. What does this story teach the Israelites about themselves? 7. How does Joshua treat the Gibeonites? What do we learn from this chapter about Christian relationships today?