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Settling the Land

Before the Israelites took possession of the Promised Land, God instructed them to drive out the peoples already living there, in order that they wouldn't become contaminated by the local practices, particularly idol worship. At first, they did as they were told, but then failed to remove every one of them, leading to the Israelites intermarrying with the locals and joining them in their worship of idols (utterly forbidden). Whilst we are not called on to 'drive out' our neighbours, we are instructed throughout the Bible to refrain from putting anything before God in contravention of the greatest commandment. Pete Bond uses the example of Israel in the time of Judges to illustrate the idols we face and how we can, with our eyes fixed upon God, overcome them.