But the people of Israel did not attack them, because the leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the Lord, the God of Israel. Then all the congregation of Israel murmured against the leaders. (ESV) Joshua 9:1
Nosh: Joshua and the leaders of Israel unintentionally made a bad decision contrary to God’s instruction that negatively affected the entire nation and could not be undone. This stirred up a rebellious reaction among the people. The lesson here is that a lack of wisdom in making leadership decisions can create uncertainty in those we are leading concerning our ability to lead. We can minimize these situations by cultivating the practice of seeking God’s counsel before making decisions great and small.