Day Twenty – Lasharon – Of the plain
“…the king of Lasharon, one.” Joshua 12:18 NKJV
Lasharon or the plain of Sharon is from the Hebrew root word – yashar’ – to be straight, even, right, seems good, pleasant, to be pleasing.
How many times I’ve wandered off the straight path because “it seemed good” to me.
Joshua, Chapter Nine retells the story of the Gibeonites who went to Joshua and “pretended” to be pleasant friends. They dressed in “old and patched sandals on their feet, and old garments on themselves.” Asking Joshua and the elders to make a covenant of protection with them. A “forever” commitment.
“Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD.” verse 14.
It seemed good to Joshua and the leaders. It was plain, seemed right, after all, they could see with their eyes the people appeared to be pleasing. It could be said, Joshua and his leaders Ate it up!
“But they did not ask counsel of the LORD.”
Ultimately, Joshua had to live with his decision to protect the Gibeonites forever. A lifelong decision based on what he his eyes had seen, his ears heard, and the provisions of his own strength. Poor Joshua, battle after battle, from Strength to Strength, and he “did not ask counsel of the LORD.” How many times I’ve done the very same thing!
What became of the Gibeonites who came from “…their cities (of) Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath Jearim.” Verse 17?
Joshua, upset they had deceived him, declared they would be “woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.” Verse 23.
The Gibeonites were assigned as woodcutters, for they knew how to cut wood; Kirjath Jearim – city of the woods. They would carry water, for they were familiar with carrying water in their city of Beeroth – wells. And serve “…the altar of the LORD” for the Gibeonites were accustomed to climbing hills – Gibeon. Verse 27
Gibeon – pertaining to a hill.
Chephirah – covered by walls.
Beeroth – wells.
Kirjath Jearim – city of woods.
God used the natural abilities, the things the Gibeonites were accustomed of doing, and the places they had lived and come from, their life stories, and turned it around for His Glory.
In the plain of Lasharon, the victory in Joshua’s lesson, is the peace of knowing, even when I make a wrong decision or do what seems good to me, my Faithful, Covenant Keeping God can turn it around for His purpose and Majesty!
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV
Thank you for joining me.
From The Joshua Journals of denisebalog©2020
Poem by denisebalog©2020
Photos captured in © 2011 & 2014 On a plain by the town of Nazareth covered with red “lilies of the field” also known as an Anemone.
“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” Song of Solomon 2:1 NKJV
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin…now if God so clothes the grass of the field…will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28 NKJV