It’s in the name…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Joshua 15:33-63

 And in the lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah,

 Zanoah, En-gannim, Tappuah, Enam,

 Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah,

 Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, Gederothaim: fourteen cities with their villages.

 Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal-gad,

 Dilean, Mizpeh, Joktheel,

 Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon,

 Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish,

Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah: sixteen cities with their villages.

 Libnah, Ether, Ashan,

 Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib,

Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.

 Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

 from Ekron to the sea, all that were by the side of Ashdod, with their villages.

Ashdod, its towns and its villages; Gaza, its towns and its villages; to the Brook of Egypt, and the Great Sea with its coastline.

And in the hill country, Shamir, Jattir, Socoh,

 Dannah, Kiriath-sannah (that is, Debir),

 Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim,

 Goshen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages.

 Arab, Dumah, Eshan,

 Janim, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah,

 Humtah, Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), and Zior: nine cities with their villages.

Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Juttah,

Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah,

Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah: ten cities with their villages.

 Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedor,

Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Eltekon: six cities with their villages.

Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), and Rabbah: two cities with their villages.

In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah,

 Nibshan, the City of Salt, and Engedi: six cities with their villages.

 But the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the people of Judah could not drive out, so the Jebusites dwell with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.


Names have meaning. Eshtaol = entreaty, Zorah = hornet, Ashnah = I will cause change, Zanoah= cast off, En-gannim = fountain of the garden, Tappuah = the apple city, Enam = double spring are a few. The study of these names is fascinating and can bring greater depth of meaning to the time and place of these events. If we continue to draw a correlation between the ‘real’ place of conquest and acquisition and our present day spiritual conquest and acquisition we can look at our Ashnah and expect God to make a change, or Zanoah and watch as the Holy Spirit casts off what needs to be purged from the ways of mankind. We can linger in En-gannim, our fountain of the garden and be reminded of the fountain that flows from Emmanuel’s veins bringing us salvation and healing. There is Mizpah the watchtower a place where we are reminded to be alert and aware of what is around us in the physical and in the spiritual. We can find our Lachish, the name means invincible but also hard to capture. There are those things within us that can be hard to search out and capture as we are told to take that which is not of God captive and destroy it. And we can rejoice in our Migdal-Gad, the tower of God.


These are just a few of the names in this passage highlighting for us the wonders of God and what He can do for us. Take on the day in the name of Jesus.


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