With the new generation of Hebrews across the Jordan casting fearful eyes at the walled cities and armed populations beyond, God reassured them. He offered two promises when they asked how they could ever drive those enemies out. First, remembrance of his miracles in Egypt. Thus, his previous action guaranteed his help in the present crisis. (A fact, by the way, that ancient Israel NEVER learned.) Second, he would send a HORNET/WASP ahead of Israel’s armies to drive them into submission Deuteronomy 7:17-21.
While scholars haven’t agreed on a clear definition of the figure, it may refer to a powerful and irresistible force. It could refer to God’s ANGEL, Jesus in pre-Incarnate form. In fact, the appearance of God’s Commander-in-Chief of the Army in Joshua 5:14—A.K.A. Jesus in pre-Incarnate state—may be the best explanation of Deuteronomy 7:20.
This blog, however, draws a contrast between Israel’s experience entering Canaan and Christianity’s when invading the Jewish and Roman world. God sent his people into every moral cesspool of the ancient world—they would feel right at home in depraved America—without removing any Satanic stronghold. He left all of his structures intact to prove the much more powerful Jesus Christ encountering his Enemy. That’s why Christians today need courage, not fear; confidence, not terror; and hope, not despair as we face an increasingly strident, vocal, intimidating humanism. We need never fear IF we depend on the Holy Spirit leading, protecting, defending us as we preach Christ’s life in the Gospels and his didache through the apostles. Our very faithfulness to him eliminates fear of Satan and his hellions in the media, the entertainment industry and politicians who run scared before any interest group demanding its rights but refusing its responsibilities.
Christians, preach the Gospel. The Holy Spirit will never fail to conquer sinners if we do. We will never have more influence in society than by preaching the Gospel as written, however unpopular the message. Why would we seek any other means of influencing individuals in a corporately-depraved culture?
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