Indications that Gibeon stands for Israel

From Joshua chapter 9:

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,

This speaks of the fact that Israel has a relationship with the Lord, and remembers how he brought them out of Egypt.

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:

Here the Bread speaks of the oracles of God entrusted to them, which are now the dead letter of the word; stale, dry and moldy.

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.

The ruptured wine skins means the loss of the wine, which is the Joy of the Lord. The old clothing and shoes tell of dead and useless traditions. And the long journey points to the 4000 years since Abraham.

16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.

17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjathjearim.

In verses 16 and 17 the references to the third day are a clue to an end time application of this story. When the children of Israel discover that Gibeon is an enemy nation, [enemies of the gospel], they do not come against them in any way.

18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel

Joshua pronounces a curse on Gibeon in verse 23.

23 Now therefore ye are cursed,

This is a reflection of the curse on the Jews as they have been scattered among the gentiles all through history. Zechariah 8 mentions it, along with a promise of salvation for them.

Zechariah 8:13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

The end time church will come to realize this promise; and that they are beloved of the father. Thus we will put away all forms of replacement theology, and become a blessing to Israel.

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