Taking over the lands of the Canaanites

Judges 1:1-36

Life after Joshua began in the book of Judges with the question of leadership – Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites? The tribe of Judah took up the responsibility, enlisting the support of the tribe of Simeon. So both tribes went and defated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. Simeon also had the support of Judah in conquering their own enemies too.

However, despite the victories Judah had driving out the inhabitants of the mountains, we learnt the tribe could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because they had chariots of iron. This probably would require a new strategy from Judah, who was just settling in the new possession.

As other tribes to conquer their lands, we also saw the tribe of Joseph who used a strategy similar to that used in Jericho (spies and Rahab). In a somewhat similar story, a man helped the spies into the city of Bethel and in return his life and that of his family were spared when Joseph conquered Bethel.

In summary, despite all the victories the tribes of Israel had, they were unable to drive out all the inhabitants of the lands, but the Canaanites dwelt among them, though put to tribute. What effect will this have later?

Lets go along together!

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