On the sermon of "Philadelphia" church, Izhevsk - Match, 16th - the senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov paid attention to the story of Hebrews after the escape from Egypt slavery. When Moses died, Jesus Navin came to the leadership. Following God's will, given to Moses; Jesus Navin took the people of God to the Promised Land. Hebrew have faced a lot of wars with other peoples. As it is written in Jesus Navin's book: "They have harden their hearts and came with war, and it was sent by the Lord". The pastor explained: it was God's punishment for these peoples, due to the fact that they have got a lot of warnings from God but did not obey and continued living a deprave life.

In accordance with God's will, given through Moses, all cities of God's enemies of conquered land were destroyed, except Gaza, Gath and Ashdod. This is how Hebrews almost executed God's command.

Pavel Ivanovich explained the results of such "oversight" to the conjugation. In the Book of Judges the life of Samson is described, whom God has given an incredible strength to protect and acquit God's people. But, unfortunately, God's plan for Samson did not happen, because he came to Gaza (which is one of the three, written above) and was tempted by the prostitute. His sin took him away from God so he has lost all his strength: Philistines captured him, poked his eyes out, brought to Gaza and forced them to work in the house of slaves (Judges, chapter 16). The second city - Gath - also takes place in Hebrews' history. In the book of Samuel we can read the story of David and Goliath. It was a giant, precipitated by blond young man with the stone from the pebble, who was born in Gath (1 Samuel 17:1-11). We are to hope that being "dismayed and terrified" is the only trouble Gath caused.

The third city - Ashdod - was known as the first place, were the Covenant of God was put after the Hebrews' failure in the war against Philistines, when Eli was in charge of judgment (1 Samuel 5:1-2).

How did it happen that all three cities, "forgotten" to destroy, have brought so much harm into the Hebrews' life?

Are you still sure that it is going to be okay, if you keep a small part of what God told you to leave in your hearts?


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