(May 26, 2014)
Sometime I wonder whether I am understanding a particular scripture or not, and it often comes down to historical knowledge. For example, in the last of these chapters I read that Israel did not properly expel the Geshurites and the Maachathites from the Promised Land. Does this have anything to do with the ultimate problems they experienced as a nation? It would seem so, as the writer saw fit to mention it. And it has a good lesson for us to learn, if accurate. We are fighting a war (with God as our Champion and Ally) for the Promised Land of our soul. Do we fight until we are comfortable with our inheritance, or do we fight until we have conquered everything the Lord set us out to conquer? Do we allow our enemies to reside in our soul, so long as they hold to their ‘proper’ place, or do we do whatever is necessary to drive them out?