Friday, February 22, 2008

Incomplete Victories Judges 1

Judges 1:19 "And the LORD was with Judah: and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of iron."

The incomplete victories will be studied further later. The one above refers to Judah, there were others as well.

I want to note that one of the leaders of the fights was the son of Caleb's younger brother, Othniel the son of Kenaz. Caleb's skill as a warrior seems to run in the family.

v12 "And Caleb said. He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah, my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife."

Another incomplete victory was Benjamin conquered Jerusalem but left the Jebusites. The house of Joseph went up against Bethel and did well but left a man alive who went off to build a city called Luz which is what Bethel was called at first. The man built Luz in the land of the Hittites v26.

Manasseh conquered several cities but left the Canaanites among them. They later caused them to pay tribute to Israel. The list goes on throughout the chapter telling of the failures of various tribes to drive out all the enemy.

I point these out now because they will have an impact on the future of Israel as the Judges come to their positions.

Psalms 34:9 "O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him."

keyword: Bible Study Judges Old Testament; Milton Southerland

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