Deception is defined as: 1. The act of making someone believe something that is not true : the act of deceiving someone. 2. An act or statement intended to make people believe something that is not true.
I love how the Father speaks even when I’m watching television. Today while watching an old episode of Criminal Minds, the scene opens with three of the female FBI agents in a bar conversing with a nicely dressed man. He is discussing how important his job is as an FBI agent at the Quantico, Virginia headquarters. When the real agents questioned him about certain particulars of his job, he replies, “Its classified information.” They in turn look at each other and laughed because they actually work out of the Quantico headquarters. Finally, one of the agents asks if they could see his ID and badge.
The look on the man’s face is one a thief would make when he is caught red handed in the midst of a robbery. Once again they ask for his ID and badge. By this time, they were totally tickled and said in unison, “Oh yes, its classified information.” The camera then pans back to show the expression on the man’s face who gives off a very weak laugh as they each pull out their ID and badge. The scene concludes with them asking the man if his badge looks anything like theirs. He finally realizes that he has been fully exposed as the deceptive person he is and without one word to the agents he walks away.
In the word of God found in Joshua 9: 1-18 there is a story known as the Gibionite Deception. Joshua and the children of Israel a short time after entering the promise land become the unfortunate victims of this deceptive practice.
“Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things—the kings in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Mediterranean Sea as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites)— 2 they came together to wage war against Joshua and 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 They 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 Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.”
7 The Israelites said to the Hivites, “But perhaps you live near us, so how 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.”
14 The Israelites 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.
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.”
Sovereign Father, help me to stay alert emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Help me to be mindful of those who come with the intent to deceive as they promote their own agenda or to protect their own lives. Help me not to come into alignment or covenant agreement with anyone or anything you have not ordained. Help me to guard my own heart against any personal deception as well. I thank you for the full armor of God which will help me to stand strong as I move further into my promised land. Lastly, I thank you for the truth of your word which reveals that I will continue to pass through in victory as long as I stay in alignment and covenant agreement with you. In Jesus name, I worship and praise you. Amen.
Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+9&version=NIV