The conquest of Canaan was very partial. Israel dwelled among the ancient inhabitants of the land, much as the Normans did among the Anglo-Saxons, whom they found in England; and the mixture of the two peoples was the beginning of moral degeneracy and decline in the chosen race. Wherever there was the old-time faith in God, as in the case of Caleb, the land was cleared of the Canaanite; but where God was out, the Canaanite was in.
So it is in the life of the soul. It is intended that the whole should be yielded to Christ, that no evil passion should reign, that no besetting sin should enthrall. But how often Christian people give up the fight! They say that the old Adam is too strong for them, and settle down to a joint-occupation. Let us not yield to reasoning like this! The Lion of Judah can break every chain. By faith in Him we can be more than conquerors! The Holy Spirit strives with the flesh, so that we may not do as otherwise we would. Only give Him the right of way! Sin shall not reign in your mortal body! [source]
Chapter Summary: Judges 1
1The acts of Judah and Simeon 4Adonibezek justly requited 8Jerusalem taken 10Hebron taken 11Othniel has Achsah to wife for taking of Debir 16The Kenites dwell in Judah 17Hormah, Gaza, Askelon, and Ekron taken 21The acts of Benjamin 22Of the house of Joseph, who take Bethel 30Of Zebulun 31Of Asher 33Of Naphtali 34Of Dan
What do the individual words in Judges 1:36 mean?
And the boundaryof the Amorites[was] from the Ascentof Akrabbimfrom Selaand upward-