1Samuel 17:1 “Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.”
Daniel 1:1 “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.”
Judges 6:4 “And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.”
Those are some instances when the principle was used to impoverish and conquer nations. It’s a terrible weapon in warfare. Once a city is besieged, trade activities can no longer take place with the outside world and in a matter of time, the city becomes poor, the citizens becomes hungry and eventually surrenders to the enemy.
It is not a direct attack strategy but it is aimed at forcing the enemy into submission and it almost always work. Such is the potency of the serpentine technique. A city is surrounded till life is squeezed out of her.
It was the same strategy that was used in our focal scripture. How do I mean? It is stated that, the Philistine pitched their tent in three strategic towns. These are Shochoh, Azekah and Ephesdammim.
Permit me to show you the Hebrew meaning of these towns: Shochoh means “to surround and fence in”. Azekah means “fence in” while Ephesdammim means “to shed blood or drop blood”.
The strategy of the enemy is to fence you in, surround you till you cave in and ultimately shed your blood or kill you. That will not be your portion in Jesus name.
The Shochoh, Azekah and Ephesdammim serpentine principles are still what the enemy throws at us today. You tune your radio and a particular demonic song is playing on almost every channel, you switch on the television set and it’s the same song.
In a matter of days, you start singing the song which you hated when you first heard it unconsciously!
To be continued…
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