JOURNAL OF TRIP TO ISRAEL 2017
19_TEL HAZOR … AND TEL DAN
Tues June 20
I could imagine Jabin, the king of Hazor (Joshua 11:1), sitting back on his royal throne, secure in his unconquerable mountain palace, ruler of all the fertile flatlands before him.
Having rule over all he saw before him, he would think himself invincible.
Jabin, evidently the king-pin (11:10) among the northern kings of Canaan, “sent word to” three kings listed by name and eleven more locations and/or people groups (11:1-3). Verse 4 says they “came out with all their troops … horses … and chariots” after receiving Jabin’s call.
Jabin had amassed “a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.” (11:4)
The northern campaign started about 5-6 years after Jericho fell according to Dr. Wood, the archaeologist and dig director of the 2010 dig at Khirbet el Maqatir.
A clue to the timing of Joshua’s conquest is in Caleb’s words to Joshua (14:10).
Why wait so long?
I suggest God did it again! He had the Hebrews wait–until everything was just right.
(The sequel to Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer, in progress but so far un-titled, will suggest another part of the reason for Joshua to wait.)
The Hebrews responded (11:7-9) to the “huge army” camped together by the “Waters of Merom.” Joshua defeated “all the armies of northern Canaan” together “and left no survivors.” When Joshua “turned back” from following the remnants of those armies all the way to “Greater Sidon,” he attacked Hazor, defeated it, “put their king to the sword”, and burned Hazor.
Hazor is the largest of only three cities that Joshua’s army burned: Jericho (8 acres), Ai (2 acres), and Hazor (___) .
I will never forget Hazor–for its magnificent vistas.