God willing, I want to post the abstract of a Wednesday Bible Study we have here in Gaithersburg. The Bible Study is about the seven nations mentioned in the Bible.
The Lord commanded the children of Israel to conquer these seven nations and to utterly destroy them. The seven nations are synonymous with seven natures in our lives. These seven nations also had these natures in their collective lives and hence we are able to associate these natures to them. The seven nations are (Deuteronomy chp. 7) :
First of all, lets look at the origin of these nations. As we read in of I Chronicles 1:13-16, they are the descendants of Ham, the son of Noah:And Canaan begot Zidon his firstborn, and Heth, The Jebusite also, and the
- the Hittites
- the Girgashites
- the Amorites
- the Canaanites
- the Perizzites
- the Hivites
- the Jebusites
Amorite, and the Girgashite, And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite.
Their lineage is also in the book of origins, Genesis 10:6, 15-19:
And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. ...
And Canaan begot Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, And the Jebusite, and the
Amorite, and the Girgasite, And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, And
the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the
families of the Canaanites spread abroad. And the border of the Canaanites was
from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and
Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
Each of these sons of Canaan had a meaning associated to their names. The meanings are:
- Heth - terror. He is the father of the Hittites.
- Jebusite - trodden, treading under foot. When David came to conquer the citadel of Zion, the Jebusite discouraged him by saying that "Even if there remained only the blind and the lame in the city of Jerusalem, David would still not be able to conquer it."
- Amorite - bitter, rebel, babbler, boaster, publicity
- Girgashite - one who arrives from a pilgrimage. Generally pilgrimage is done as an act to please God. However, most people who go on pilgrimage are going by neglecting the tasks they have to do in their own houses or in their own fields and lands. Hence they are lazy and slothful.
- Hivite - wicked, wickedness, to declare, to show. The word Hivite comes from the root word, "Chavah". This is the same as "Eve".
- Canaan - to humiliate, bend the knee. The Canaanites lived in the east country. They were the liason between the Ishmaelites and the Egyptians. They were on the border of the trade route from Arabia to Egypt. Hence, their towns and villages were full of the goods of that pertained to this trade.
- Perizzite - open country, living in villages
From the meaning of their names, there are certain natures that we can derive from them. These are:
- the Hittites - Fear
- the Girgashites - Slothfulness
- the Amorites - Pride
- the Canaanites - Wordliness
- the Perizzites - Independence
- the Hivites - Evil speaking
- the Jebusites - Discouragement
These nations had to be conquered before the children of Israel could settle down in the land of Canaan. Going back to Dueteronomy 7:2-5 and Numbers 33:52, the children of Israel were commanded to:
- smite them - meaning to wound them.
- utterly destroy them.
- make no covenant nor show mercy.
- neither make marriages with them (not to give their daughters to them nor to take their daughters for their sons) - they would teach heathen worship and heathen ways to the children of Israel and turn their hearts away from God.
- destroy their altars or places of worship.
- break down their images.
- cut down their groves and burn their graven images with fire. Groves were the groves of Ashtoreth which is the Phonecian goddess of love (perverted, immoral love).
- destroy all their pictures. The modern equivalent of pictures is arts.
- destroy all their molten images (made by pouring molten metal over a cast).
- pluck down all their high places. Pluck means to remove from the root. High places are altars.
The consequences of not obeying God completely in utterly destroying them as commanded to them above are described in Dueteronomy 7:4 and Numbers 33:55, 56:
- They will turn your son from following God and make them serve other gods. So if our sons and daughters do not follow in the footsteps of our faith, the reason is that we have some of the nations or natures in our lives and have not destroyed them as God commanded us to do.
- They will be pricks in their eyes. Pricks mean loosing the vision of the coming of the Lord. We loose the desire for the things of God and get discouraged easily. Because of this we are blind to our own sins but keep correcting others (Mathew 6:1-5).
- They will be thorns in your sides.
- They will vex you in the land where you dwell.
- God will do unto you as he thought to do unto them.