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P o t p o u r r i  J 3
(Potpourri Index)

-Jabin I: B.C.E. 1450 and Jabin II B.C.E. 1300. The name Jabin means, discerner, wise. Jabin is the name of two kings of Hazor:.Joshua 11:1-13; Judges 4:2,3.

-Jabin I: A powerful king in the time of Joshua, at Hazor in the north of Canaan in northern Palestine near lake Merom, where the battle was fought, who, with northern confederate kings raised an enormous army to defeat ancient.Israel. Here for the first time the Israelites encountered the iron chariots and horses of the Canaanites.

So large was it, it was 'as great as all the sand on the seashore'. Jabin allied with the northern kings, Jobab of Madon, the kings of Shimron, Achshaph, etc., who were north of the mountains of Naphtali and in the Arabah, south of Chinneroth, i.e. the Ghor, south of the sea of Galilee.(map), etc.

But, the league which he organized to crush Israel only made his own ruin more complete, once God intervened:.Joshua 11:1-7. Thus, early in the history of Israel the kings of the south and the north.(Daniel 11).appear on the scene and perish. Hazor was rebuilt in the interval between Jabin I and Jabin II. 

Jabin II threw off Israel's yoke and oppressed Israel. Their previous oppressors, the kings of Mesopotamia and Moab, Chushan Rishathaim and Eglon, were outside, not within the promised land, as Jabin II was. Why was Israel constantly oppressed?

-Jabin II: B.C.E. 1300. The king of Hazor, called "the king of Canaan" overpowered the Israelites of the north one hundred and sixty years after Joshua's death in the times of Jabin I and for twenty years held them in painful subjection. 

Jabin II's general named Sisera was defeated by Deborah and Barak and their army of ten thousand.."For 20 years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel",.until their."cry unto the Lord".brought a deliverer, the great lady Deborah and her friend Barak:.Judges 4:3-6. The whole population were paralyzed with fear and gave way to hopeless despondency:.Judges 5:6-9

Deborah and Barak aroused the national spirit and gathered together ten thousand men, gaining a great and decisive victory over Jabin II in the plain of Esdraelon:.Judges 4:10-16. This was the first great victory Israel had gained since the days of Joshua. They never needed to fight another battle with the Canaanites:.Judges 5:31.

-Joab: He was son of Zeruiah, David's sister and brother of Abishai and Asahel and was the commander of David's army during almost the whole of his reign:.2Samuel 8:15,16

He was a complex man as you will see, yet he was a valiant warrior and an able general and his great influence on public affairs was often exerted for good, but he was impulsive and showed it by a 'killing and move on' attitude, rather than a 'save and help him to live' attitude:.2Samuel 18:5-17.

He was loyal to and dedicatedto helping David, albeit, by following mostly his impetuous thinking on matters where he wasn't told specifically how to handle them, such as his killing of David's son Absalom who was in revolt against his father. But Joab wasn't out for self-glory:.2Samuel 12:26-29.

Joab was imperious, revengeful and could be unscrupulous. He treacherously.slew Abner.(2Samuel 3:20-39).and his cousin Amasa:.2Samuel 20:9,10.

Note also his bearing towards David:.2Samuel 19:1-6. Note his connivance with David in the matter of Uriah:.2Samuel 11:5,14-17. Note his slaying of Absalom, David's son:.2Samuel 18:9,10,14,15. Note also his conspiring with Adonijah, another of David's sons, against the divinely appointed heir to the throne:.1Kings 1:7-9.

No doubt at this time, seeing David being of old age, Joab, being the selfish opportunist that he was, wanted to secure his future and saw his best chance for this with Adonijah and not with Solomon.

Solomon reigned. David made sure of that:.1Kings 2:1-3,5; 2:10-12

Solomon then ordered Joab to be put to death:.1Kings 2:28-34.

-Joppa: Comprised with Easton's Bible Dictionary: the name Joppa means beauty, It's a town in the portion of the area where the tribe of Dan was. Joppo is also called Japho. It is situated on a sandy promontory between Caesarea and Gaza and at a distance of 30 miles north-west from Jerusalem. It is one of the oldest towns in Asia. It was and still is the chief seaport of Judea.(map). It was never wrested from the Phoenicians. It became a Jewish town only in B.C.E. the second century.  It was from this port that Jonah."took ship to flee from the presence of the Lord":.Jonah 1:1-3). To this place also the wood cut in Lebanon by Hiram's men for Solomon was brought in floats:.2Chronicles 2:16. And here the material for the building of the second temple was also landed:.Ezra 3:7.

At Joppa, in the house of Simon the tanner, Peter resided many days:.Acts 9:36-43. Joppa bears the modern name of Jaffa. Joppa has been often overthrown, sacked, pillaged, burned and rebuilt. Its present population is said to be about 16,000. It was taken by the French under Napoleon in 1799 A.D., who gave orders for the massacre here of 4,000 prisoners. It is connected with Jerusalem by the only carriage road that exists in the country and also by a railway completed in 1892. It is noticed on monuments B.C.E. 1600-1300 and was attacked by Sennacharib B.C.E. 702.

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