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Author: David RothIf you are seeking to learn more about the Bible, looking for tools to increase your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, or simply need material for your Sunday School lessons or sermons, I hope this website will be a blessing to you. You can find my Daily Bible Studies in the column to the right.

My old website crashed and I could not move the Bible Study files from the old data base to this one. Therefore, I am having to copy them over one at a time. The Books of Genesis,  Exodus, Leviticus, Romans and James are now complete. I am working on Matthew and Joshua. Click on the Bible Study Library link in the right column and then choose. Eventually I will have over 3,000 daily studies when the work is done and I am still writing. God bless you for visiting this page. 

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 Today's Bible Study

A Failure To Pray

Joshua 9:7-14
 
7  And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you? 8  And they said unto Joshua, We [are] thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who [are] ye? and from whence come ye? 9  And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, 10  And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that [were] beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which [was] at Ashtaroth. 11  Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We [are] your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. 12  This our bread we took hot [for] our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: 13  And these bottles of wine, which we filled, [were] new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. 14  And the men took of their victuals, and asked not [counsel] at the mouth of the LORD.

 
The men of Israel, most likely the elders, were suspicious of the Gibeonites, herein called the Hivites. "Supposing you live among us, what kind of agreement should we make with you?"
 
"The expression.., 'to make covenant with,' refers to an agreement between an overlord and his vassals... Such an agreement would place obligations on the vassals with promises being given by the overlord... The treaty would be sealed with an oath, equivalent to a self-curse and would seek to establish peace between the two parties (cf. v 15)... From the Deuteronomistic perspective the treaty would be a covenant with foreign nations forbidden by the law (Deut 7:2) and in conflict with the covenant tying Israel as vassal to Yahweh, her divine overlord (7:4)." (Butler, Trent C., Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 7 p. 102; Word Books 1983)   Read More 
 


 

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Author David Roth has been the Multihousing and Community Outreach Director for the York Baptist Association in Rock Hill, S.C. for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and pastor of Midtown Ministries, an inner city ministry to over 50 children and is presently pastoring My Radical Church, a new church plant that is focusing on reaching the homeless and poorest of the city. He has written over 3,000 daily bible studies and is in the process of posting them on this website.

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