20So the Lord burned with anger against Israel. He said, “Because these people have violated my covenant, which I made with their ancestors, and have ignored my commands, 21I will no longer drive out the nations that Joshua left unconquered when he died. 22I did this to test Israel—to see whether or not they would follow the ways of the Lord as their ancestors did.” 23That is why the Lord left those nations in place. He did not quickly drive them out or allow Joshua to conquer them all. (Judges 2:20-23 NLT)
1These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. 2He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle. 3These are the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the mountains of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath. 4These people were left to test the Israelites—to see whether they would obey the commands the Lord had given to their ancestors through Moses.5So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, 6and they intermarried with them. Israelite sons married their daughters, and Israelite daughters were given in marriage to their sons. And the Israelites served their gods. (Judges 3:1-6 NLT)
Definitions of nation’s and peoples found above:
- Ba’al #1167 owner, master from #1160 baal to marry, rule over
- Israel means He Retains God, or slightly more elaborate: He Has Become a Receptacle in Which God Can Be Received and Retained. ( for an in depth study of the name please visit http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Israel.html#.XUcCOOhKi00)
- Philistines # 6428 Palash (verb) act of mourning, wallow, perhaps to roll in dust
- Canaanites # 3663 Kana (verb) to bring down low, primitive root; to bend the knee, hence to humiliate, vanquish
- Sidonians #6679 Tsud (verb) to hunt, catches, hunt down, a primitive root; to lie alongside (in wait) by implication, to catch an animal (fig. men)
- Hivites #2340 Chivvi probably villagers, Hawa (verb) to layout in order to live collectively, prostrate which is to submit oneself wholly and bodily to a collective or to the leader of that collective. ( my opinion= symbiotic oneness)
- Hittites- terrors, terrible #2865 Chatuth (verb) to be shattered or dismayed, beat down, discourage, a primitive root; to prostrate, hence to break down either (lit) by violence or (fig) by confession and fear, terrifying
- Amorites mountain dwellers # 557 Amar (verb) to utter, say, talkers
- Perizzite #6518 paraz or perez to separate, divide, burst forth, a breach
- Jebusites #947 bus (verb) to tread down, trample, be pulled
- Othniel- 1st Judge of Israel, Lion of Yah, strength of Yah
I’ve been studying this chapter. Mainly because of these two verses that popped right off the pages Judges 2:22 I did this to test Israel—to see whether or not they would follow the ways of the Lord as their ancestors did.” and Judges 3:1-2 1These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. 2He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle.
We need experience. There will always be a nation, a people group left to teach us how to war. But, how are believers fight their battles?
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil, and after you have done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm then! Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom. 16 Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation[and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Ruach on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim. ~Ephesians 6:10-18TLV~
As much as we all would like to blame others, I honestly think we must look within first. We are in a constant battle between spirit and flesh. Sometimes if we don’t keep a pure, correct heart, we become enemies to ourselves and others. I’ve been told those who don’t receive healing will bleed on those who did not cut them. There’s life in the blood! I don’t want to be responsible for murdering someone with my lips because I failed to look in the mirror first.
It intrigues me how our Elohim leaves us little clues about how He refines and teaches His children. Many times we look at a situation and think negatively about it. However, after looking closely, we see that it may not be what we thought it to be. If our Abba only gives good gifts, why on Earth would He leave a group of Nation’s so horrible to teach the children of Israel how to war and win battles? Maybe our perspective on what is right needs to align with His goodness. My guess would be Abba is looking for leaders that know servitude, humility. The leaders who know how to remain calm through the storms of life and foreign nations’ attacks, those that do not cower to the talkers or shrink back because of those who lay snares. Are we trained by the fiery ordeals we encounter? David certainly was, before slaying a giant, he had to wrestle lions and bears; before sitting on the throne, he went through the pit. David the beloved, A man after Abba’s own heart, knew these nations very well.
I’m curious how the children of Israel today wage war against these nations left in the land? I’m not talking about the actual land of Israel; I’m speaking us as a body of believers.
16Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1st Corinthians 16-17 NLT)
Do we bicker and grumble? How about tremble in fear and use violence to make a point? I want to be transparent for a moment; I have been like Israel and intermarried with the nations. I have been a Philistine wallowing in the dust, like an Amorite and let my foul mouth do the talking, like a true Hittite, I have been confused and dismayed, ruled by fear and violence. I have been all the nations above, and I know I am not the only one. We must first look within before we try to help others. We need to stop intermarrying and start being a set-apart nation; Israel arise to the glorious bride you are meant to be. Chazak Ve’ematz!
Our temple, our bodies are the physical counterparts of the spiritual body that we read in Scripture. We are to be good ambassadors. Israel is to be a vessel ready and willing to operate in all the authority and love of our creative Abba.
Do onlookers see bickering and division among the body? It hurts. Where’s the great anointing pouring down Aarons beard?
16There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests: 17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent,18a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 19a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. (Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT)
Can you see the similarities to the nations left to teach Israel how to war and the wicked lamp, the seven things our Elohim hates? A more serious question, can you see these things within you? How about the body of Yeshua? Oh, Abba, do a mighty cleansing of your sheep! May we weep and mourn for our transgressions and rise to be the leaders this generation needs! Break the cycle of intermarriage and stay set apart. I pray we allow ourselves to be trained by our trials and let the dross surface, coming out as pure refined gold!
Are we teachable, willing to receive instruction or rebuke? Remember, we must look deep inside our hearts. None are all-knowing, and one day, Yeshua is coming back to set us all straight! May we remain humble.
18Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 20And again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise; he knows they are worthless.” (1st Corinthians 3:18-20)
I see a mixed multitude of believers swaying between two beliefs. Covenant and what they deem fit. Abba, help us to be united and not divided. There are many warnings to those believers who choose their own desires:
12When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. 13They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness. 16These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want. (Jude 1:12-13, 16)
Please read the whole chapter of Jude; it’s short but powerful. I pray we all remain faithful like the believers in the latter part of Jude. I pray for wisdom and discernment on how to handle the situations we come across within the body of Yeshua.
20But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. 22And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. (Jude 1:20-23)
This reminds me that we must minister to people where they are at; some, with loving compassion and others with the boldness and holy fear of Adonai. I pray this has blessed you, and my hope is to edify the body by building off the original foundation laid long ago. We need more Othniel’s, willing to go forth and judge righteously! Like a lion of Yah, awaken to our true heritage.
Abba raise up an army of Joshua’s Caleb’s, Othniel’s! Deborah’s, Yael’s, and Ruth’s!
Be bold and courageous!
Chazak Ve’ematz Israel!