Document: S.G. De Graaf, Promise and Deliverance, Vol. 2: The Failure of Israel’s Theocracy (St. Catharines, ON.: Paideia Press, 1978).
Excerpt: Israel had been called to wipe out the Canaanites. The Lord had given the land of Canaan to Israel so that He alone would be served there. Thus Canaan stands for the entire earth: the Lord alone is to be served on the earth. To achieve this goal, the Lord calls His people to engage in unceasing spiritual warfare against anything and everything that opposes the honor of His name. For us today it would be just as sinful and disobedient to enter into a spiritual agreement to live in peace with the forces of unbelief as it was for Israel to make an alliance with the Canaanites. After Joshua’s death, the desire to renew the battle with the Canaanites began to stir again. Judah, in particular, made some significant progress—assisted by Simeon. But the desire to fight soon wore off. What the tribes dreaded especially was going to war against the inhabitants of the valleys, who had iron chariots. Sometimes they managed to subdue these Canaanites to the extent of making them pay tribute, but they did not wipe them out. Fear, always the opposite of faith, kept them from the conflict.
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