1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Dr. Michael Heiser “The Unseen Realm”
The angel of Exodus 23:20-23 did indeed go with Moses and JOSHUA to claim the promised land. In the wake of Joshua’s death, however, Israel failed to complete the task. The Angel of Yahweh appeared in Judges 2 bringing news no one wanted to hear:Now the angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 2 and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. What is this you have done? 3 So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.” 4 As soon as the angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the people of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.” (Judges 2:1-4)The angel of Yahweh’s departure signaled an end to the regular presence of Yahweh with Israel.”
“Joshua’s KHEREM must be viewed against the backdrop of Genesis 6:1-4 and what I’ve called the Deuteronomy 32 worldview.
Yahweh had disinherited the nations, assigning them to the rule of lesser gods.
Deuteronomy 32:8-9 is the basis for the general goal of the conquest.
Israel is Yahweh’s elect portion of humanity, and the land of Canaan is the geography that Yahweh, as owner, specifically allotted to his people.
In the view of the biblical writers, Israel is at war with enemies spawned by rival divine beings.
The Nephilim bloodlines were not like the peoples of the disinherited nations. Genesis 10 clearly casts the human inhabitants of those nations as owing their existence to Yahweh, as they descended from Noah’s sons and, therefore, Noah – all the way back to Adam. Yahweh’s first human son.
The Nephilim bloodlines had a different pedigree. They were produced by other divine beings. They did not belong to Yahweh, and he therefore had no interest in claiming them. Coexistence was not possible with the spawn of other gods.
Viewed against this backdrop, Joshua’s KHEREM is a holy war begun under Moses in the Transjordan, specifically against the Amorite giant king Sihon and Og. The lives of Israel’s enemies were to be ‘devoted to destruction’.
Og was lord of Bashan, the region that included Mount Hermon ‘KHERMON’. KHEREM AND KHERMON share the same root consonants ‘KH-R-M’.
The wars with Sihon and Og foreshadowed the logic of KHEREM, the act of devoting something to destruction, a logic that has the Nephilim bloodlines as its focus.”