Mercy Without Borders

Joshua summoned them, and he said to them, “Why did you deceive us, saying, ‘We are very far from you,’ when you dwell among us?Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall never be anything but servants, cutters of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.” They answered Joshua, “Because it was told to your servants for a certainty that the Lord your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you—so we feared greatly for our lives because of you and did this thing. And now, behold, we are in your hand. Whatever seems good and right in your sight to do to us, do it.” So he did this to them and delivered them out of the hand of the people of Israel, and they did not kill them. But Joshua made them that day cutters of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord, to this day, in the place that he should choose.
Joshua 9:22-27

pissarro_woodcutterJust as God had delivered Rahab and her family when she hid the Israeli spies, so now we read in Joshua 9 how God spares the Gibeonites from his own hand of judgment and from the Israelites, even though they have deceived the leaders of Israel. This demonstrates God’s grace in saving sinners. In both examples, we see God’s grace and mercy extended beyond the borders of Israel. A preview of world missions- to all people, nations, tribes and tongues. What wonderful news!