People Hear About God
The Gibeonites approached Joshua, wanting to make peace with him and the children of Israel, so they said to him, “From a very far country your servants have come, because of the name of the LORD your God; for we have heard of His fame, and all that He did in Egypt, and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan—to Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who was at Ashtaroth” (Joshua 9.9–10).
Therefore, they sought to deceive Israel by making them think that the Gibeonites had come from an area outside of Canaan.
However, what we want to see here is the fame of God spreading throughout the region.
This happened in the days of Jesus, and in the later centuries as people heard about the good things that Christians did, and many people sought to become members of the church.
What would happen today, if you started doing many good works? DR
How Shall We Repent?
John the Baptizer warned people to bear fruits worthy of repentance, and people wanted to know what that meant, “So the people asked him, saying, ‘What shall we do then?’ He answered and said to them, ‘He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.’ Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, ‘Teacher, what shall we do?’ And he said to them, ‘Collect no more than what is appointed for you.’ Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, ‘And what shall we do?’ So he said to them, ‘Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages’” (Luke 3.10–14).
Share, do not defraud, do not bully, do not bear false witness, and be content, were the things that John told them.
Stop doing what is wrong, and start doing what is right. So then, what do you need to do to repent? DR