1Samuel 17:4 “And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”
One advice Apostle Paul gave to the church at Ephesus was this:
Ephesians 4:27 “Neither give place to the devil.”
Paul knew that when you give an inch to the devil he’ll take miles and territories from you before you close and open your eyes. A popular idiom says; “He that must dine with the devil must go with a long spoon”. The issue is this; why must you dine with the devil at all?
In our focal scripture, Goliath was introduced as a champion of the Philistines from the city of Gath. To really understand this statement we need to go down memory lane.
Deuteronomy 20:17 “But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:”
Here God ordered Moses and by extension the children of Israel to destroy all their enemies. As a matter of fact He used the word “utterly destroy” them. Fast forward to Joshua 11 when they entered the land after the demise of Moses:
Joshua 11:20 “For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.”
Joshua 11:21 “And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities.”
Truly Joshua and the children of Israel obeyed the instruction howbeit partially. They gave a very little space to a “very few harmless ones”:
Joshua 11:22 “There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: ONLY IN GAZA, IN GATH, AND IN ASHDOD, THERE REMAINED”
To be continued…
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