Scriptural Meditation- Joshua 16:10

They did not drive out the Kena‘ani living in Gezer, so the Kena‘ani live together with Efrayim to this day, having become slaves to do the heavy work.


Joshua 16:10

They did not drive out the Kena‘ani living in Gezer, so the Kena‘ani live together with Efrayim to this day, having become slaves to do the heavy work.


We know from Israel’s history that they fell into sin, specifically idolatry. Idolatry is actually why they were expelled from the Land the first time. No one can serve two masters. Part of the reason Israel was to slaughter the Canaanites was to protect then from falling into idolatry. It may seem like mercy from a certain perspective for Ephraim to have let these Gezeri live, but I wonder of that was an opening for the enemy to attack. Why simply hold the people as slaves? If someone is in your power you could kill them instead of feeding, clothing and providing for them. Holding a slave means holding a space for a slave. That kind of close quarter contact allows for connections to form and flow back and forth. Besides that, Ephraim could have exiled the Gezeri, but they chose to capitalize on their labor. Israel was removed from a land of slavery to be free to serve their true King. The burden was theirs, the work was for then to do. I don’t think life should be difficult for the sake if being difficult, but struggle is essential to the body and soul. Was the enslavement of the Gerezi a demand of the flesh? Did the Ephraimites abdicate some of their responsibilities in taking on these slaves instead of making the hard decision to destroy them and fully commit to engaging in the toil of working the Land? Is that what lead to their downfall? How can we avoid such danger? What do we hold back from? Are we going to leave an opening for the enemy to come in and destroy the faith of our children and grandchildren for the sake of ease and convenience? I’m sure the Ephraimites didn’t see it that way, but we know the history. We know how awry thinhs can go, even for those who love the Almighty.

Published by MJ Muñoz

Husband. Father. Believer. Writer.

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