Joshua and the
Gibeonites (Longest Day):
We used flannelgraph to tell the story of the Gibeonites.
Joshua 9:3-6 tells us that when the Gibeonites who lived in
the Promised Land of Canann heard that the Israelites defeated Jericho
and Ai, they decided to trick the Israelites into thinking they were
from far away. God promised Abraham He would give his
descendents all of this land, and the Gibeonites knew it was only a
matter of time before the Israelites focused on them. So they
decided to trick them but telling them they were from a far away
country. They took worn-out sacks, wore old shoes
(might be helpful to have an old shoe and a new shoe so the kids can
see the difference), and had old dried out bread (I toasted a piece of
bread and passed around a fresh piece of bread and a toasted piece).
You can read Joshua 9:9-15
Oh no! Joshua 9:14 says "the men of Israel...did not ask for the
counsel of the Lord" They made a covenant with the Gibeonites
without seeking God first. Whenever we make decisions, we
must always seek God!
Now three days later, the Israelites realized they made a mistake.
The Gibeonites lived in the land that God had given them.
So did the Israelites back out of their word and attack the
Gibeonites because they were tricked? No, they honored their
word cause they feared God would punish them if they disobeyed.
Remember what happened to the Israelites when someone stole
gold from Jericho? How they lost that Battle. They
were winning battles because God was blessing them, not because of
The Israelites were mad at their leaders for not seeking God (9:18).
We should always pray for our President, and pastors, and
parents that they would seek God or we all suffer. So the
Gibeonites were allowed to stay in the land, but had to serve the
Now (Joshua 10) five kinds in the area heard what the Gibeonites did.
They were made at the Gibeonites for making a covenant with
the Israelites. So the five armies attacked the Gibeonites.
(10:6) The Gibeonites told Joshua "Come quickly and help us,
save us!". So what do you think Joshua did? Did he
say, "You tricked us, save yourself?" or was he a man of his
word and did he go and help the Gibeonites? That's right, he
helped the Gibeonites.
Now an amazing miracle happened when the Israelites were attacking the
five kings. It says in the bible that (10:11) large stones
fell from heaven and more people were killed from these hailstones than
from the Israelite army. Then an even more amazing thing
happened. Joshua's army needed more time to defeat these
armies, so he prayed that the sun would stand still in the sky.
(10:12-14). So the sun stood still and the moon stopped for
about a whole day! God answered Joshua's prayer and the whole
earth stopped moving for a whole day.
This is a really crazy story, but we know it is true. There are
stories around the world of a longest night, and a longest
sunset, and a longest day. (click here and see pages 9-10)
God did a miracle and answered Joshua's prayer. There are many
times in our lives that there is something we don't want to do, but we
do it cause it is the right thing to do. Have you ever met
someone that you didn't really like, but you were nice to him cause
that is the right thing to do? So if Joshua didn't save the
Gibeonites, he would've broken his covenant/promise (lied), and he
would've missed out on two AMAZING miracles!
This is what it is important to always seek God, keep your promises, and obey him, no matter what.
"Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not
grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver"
- 2 Corinthians 9:7