THE ISRAELITES have crossed the Jordan and defeated the giant clans in two separate campaigns through the hill countries of Judah and Israel. Today we look at the division of Canaan among the 9-1/2 tribes still waiting to occupy their inheritance. (Remember, Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh took their shares east of the Jordan.)
We struggle through long lists of Hebrew names as we read the catalog of cities and kings that would be subject to the Israelites. We also discuss the faith of Caleb in asking for Hebron, a city owned by the Anakim (descendants of the Nephilim), as his family’s portion, and contrast that with the complaints of the tribe of Ephraim and the half-tribe of Manasseh, who were apparently unhappy with their allotment because the Canaanites in the lowlands had iron chariots and the hill country was full of trees.
WE ALL remember the song: Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down.
Today, we study the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites, revisiting the concept of kherem (sanctioning persons or things because they are forbidden–either cursed or due to Yahweh’s exclusive ownership or use), and examining what appears to be military campaigns through the hill countries of Judah and Israel specifically targeted at the giant clans known as the Anakim–descendants of the Nephilim who were in the land before the Flood.
TODAY, WE begin studying the fulfillment of the patriarchal promise, the occupation of the land that Yahweh had declared would belong to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We discuss again the concept of kherem, persons or things “devoted to destruction” because they are forbidden, either because they were accursed, such as those who worshiped other gods, or reserved for Yahweh’s exclusive ownership and use, such as the land of Canaan, which Yahweh had allotted to Israel. We discuss the assistance given to the spies by Rahab, the prostitute in Jericho, who was not only saved from death but became an ancestor of King David and thus the Messiah himself.
And we encounter a Christophany, another example of how the presence of the “second Power in heaven” or “second Yahweh”–Christ–is woven through the whole Bible.
Click here for an overview of the Divine Council by Dr. Michael S. Heiser (link opens a PDF document). See page 16 for a brief summary of Jesus as the second Power in heaven.