Too Quick to Make Peace

Text: Deuteronomy 7:1-2

The Israelites were commanded to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan and to make no covenant of peace with them. Yet the Israelites were deceived into breaking this command, and once it was discovered, they found it to be very difficult to make the situation right.

Deceived by the Inhabitants of Gibeon (Joshua 9:3-16)

  • The Gibeonites wanted peace with Israel because they had heard of what God had done for Israel (v. 3, 9-10)
  • Their plan – look like they were from a far away country (v. 4-5), speak the right words to gain favor with the Israelites (v, 6, 9-13), then enter into a covenant with them (v. 6, 15)
  • Once the covenant was made, it was too late (v. 16, 18) – though the Israelites recognized who the Gibeonites were, they did not obey the Lord’s instruction

Application for Today

  • Circumstances are obviously different – but we can learn from the Israelites’ mistake here
  • We should not be too quick to make peace before knowing if God approves of the peace
  • Some passages promote peace (Luke 2:14); others promote division (Matthew 10:34-36) – we must understand which one is necessary in a given situation

Have No Fellowship with Certain Ones

  • Unity is certainly desirable (Psalm 133:1; John 17:20-21; Ephesians 4:3) – but it must be the right kind of unity
  • There are times when fellowship / unity is prohibited (Ephesians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-14; 2 John 10-11)

Do Not Be Deceived

  • Our unity is based upon our adherence to the Lord’s standard (John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10) – we are not to have unity with those who refuse to adhere to that standard (2 Thessalonians 3:6)
  • There are false brethren (Galatians 2:4) – they appear to be safe, but we are deceived
  • We must be careful, as the Jerusalem church was (Acts 9:26-28)

Difficult to Break Peace After It Is Made

  • Often brethren are not careful and “let their guard down” and form bonds with those they assume are “like-minded brethren” – bonds are formed, then issues arise; what then? … by this point, issues are often swept under the rug in the name of preserving peace/unity
  • We should be willing to break any human tie for the Lord (Matthew 10:37; Galatians 1:10) – but it is often not that easy to do
  • Our company influences us (1 Corinthians 15:33) – we must be careful who we join into fellowship with

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