Saturday, September 25, 2010

NIPTO, Day 230


Today: Got up. Ate breakfast. Took a shower. Chilled w/ the people at my house. Went shopping for boots. Got some boots. They're awesome. Got some socks that are awesome too. Walked around Tarje for a while. Came home. Did Meme's nails. Did my nails. Said goodbye to Meme&Pops. Ate lunch. Watched the Literal Harry Potter trailer. And now I'm blogging before Kick for the Cure.

You have to watch the Literal Harry Potter trailer. Here it is. It's fantastic.

Yeah. Hilarious. I was laughing sooooo hard when I watched it for the first time. (I hope you're not just taking my word for it. It's legit funny.)

Annnnnd I'm going to Kick for the Cure in a little bit (like Volley for the Cure but soccer) to see the best play. Assuming she's playing and isn't still sick. She was sick earlier this week =/ A lot of people have been sick. I haven't gotten sick (knock on wood).
Yeah. I guess it's Joshua time? Aka NIPTO!

Joshua 9:1-27
 1 Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things—those in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Great Sea as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites)- 2 they came together to make war against Joshua and Israel.

So everyone is hearing about Joshua and the Israelites. And they want to get rid of them. They're all teaming up to go to war against Israel.

 3 However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, 4 they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. 5 The men put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. 6 Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, "We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us."

Some of the smart people found out what Joshua and Israel had done to Jericho and Ai. And they weren't about to repeat that. So they came up with the clever ruse to make themselves look like they had traveled a longggg ways. Then they went to Joshua and said that they were from a faar away country. And they told them that they wanted to make a treaty with them... hmm...

7 The men of Israel said to the Hivites, "But perhaps you live near us. How then can we make a treaty with you?"
8 "We are your servants," they said to Joshua.
      But Joshua asked, "Who are you and where do you come from?"
9 They answered: "Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt, 10 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan—Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. 11 And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, 'Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; make a treaty with us." ' 12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is. 13 And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey."

The Israelites kinda fished and asked if they actually lived near them. And they asked how they could make a treaty with them.
They told Joshua that they were their servants. Joshua straight up asks them "Who are you and where do you come from?" And they lie. They tell him that they're from a far away country. They tell the truth that they've heard what God did for them in Egypt and what he's done for them since. Then they start lying again and say that the people in charge told them to go and make a treaty with the Israelites. 
Then they tell them to see the evidence of how far they've come. How dry their wineskins are and how moldy their bread is and how worn out their clothes and shoes are. 

14 The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. 15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.

They saw their stuff and believed them. They didn't ask God about any of this (stupid people...). And Joshua made a peace treaty with them.

16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim. 18 But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel.
      The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, 
19 but all the leaders answered, "We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. 20 This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them." 21 They continued, "Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for the entire community." So the leaders' promise to them was kept.

Three days later, they found out that they actually lived quite near by. So the Israelites set out for their cities. They got there, but didn't attack. They held true to their treaty. 
They got together and were kinda complaining, but the leaders told them that they had come up with a plan. They decided to let them live. But they were going to make them their woodcutters and water carriers for the whole community. So they kept their promise.

22 Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, "Why did you deceive us by saying, 'We live a long way from you,' while actually you live near us? 23 You are now under a curse: You will never cease to serve as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God."

Joshua got all the Gibeonites together and asked them why they had lied to them. He then cursed them. Ouch. Remind me to never lie... haha

24 They answered Joshua, "Your servants were clearly told how the LORD your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this. 25 We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you."

They told Joshua that they had heard that they were going to wipe out everyone in the land, and they were scared for their lives. So that's why they did it. And the gave Joshua permission to do whatever seemed "good and right" to him.

 26 So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. 27 That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the community and for the altar of the LORD at the place the LORD would choose. And that is what they are to this day.

He didn't kill them, but he did make them woodcutters and water carriers for the community.
And that's what they did. For a long long time.

And now I'm going to go to Kick for the Cure! Should be a blast. I'm sure I'll take a ton of pictures =D Maybe I'll post the good ones tonight. :)


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