Moments Of Truth: The Hivites

Joshua 3:9-10… And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, ‘Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.’ And Joshua said, ‘Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites’” (KJV). Recently, we talked about the Perizzites, the enemy that attacks your life when you leave an opening for him to enter in. He attacks unwalled and unprotected lives. Today, I want to talk to you about the Hivites.

The word Hivite can mean “tent-dweller; living a lifestyle that is lived out in the confines of the systems of the world and in conflict with the Kingdom of God.” The Hivites speak of our conflict with the world and its lifestyles. Ephesians 2:2 says, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (KJV). Joshua warned the children of Israel that when they came into Canaan, they would see a lifestyle contrary to the Word of God. Some of that lifestyle might look pleasant, but it will trap you and bring death. In Luke 15:11-32, the Prodigal left his father’s house to gratify the flesh–the world calls that “life”–but it left the Prodigal in a pigpen. The Prodigal lived under the influence of the Hivite spirit. Our land is full of the Hivite spirit, and multitudes live by its rules. These rules suggest that flesh must be gratified first, and carnal appetites must be met and fulfilled.

The world is not your friend… When you live by the rules of the world, you are touching death and not life. 1 John 2:15-17 teaches that we are not to love the world. If we do, the love of the Father is not in us. Everything that is in the world will one day pass away, “but the man who is following God’s will is part of the permanent and cannot die” (Phillips). The wonderful part about being a Christian is that God wants to fulfill your desires in righteousness and holiness and purity. God gave us these drives. The Hivite spirit seeks to gratify those desires outside of the will of God. Let’s look at an example…

Genesis 34:1-2… “And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her” (KJV). A Hivite raped Jacob’s daughter, Dinah. The name “Dinah” can mean “judged” (it also can mean “avenged” or “vindicated”). Dinah had gone down to do some socializing. She wasn’t about to accept God’s judgment (assessment) about the world and its evils. She went down into the world, by her own judgment, and she socialized with a Hivite. A young man with inflamed passions saw her and defiled her. Dinah had made her own judgment about separation from the world and turned away from God’s judgment (assessment) of the world, and as a result, she lost her purity. She had left the protection of God’s authority. If we make our own judgments about the world, we too will become defiled. God already has judged the world, the flesh, and the devil by Christ’s death on the cross. Whenever a Christian goes out into the world and makes his or her own judgment of what is right and wrong, they will become defiled and wind up polluted. The Bible lays out very clearly what we can touch and what we cannot, what we are to separate ourselves from and what we can join ourselves to. It’s the Word of God that teaches us right from wrong. As long as you stay under the authority of the Word of God, the devil cannot touch you, and neither can the Hivite spirit. Seek after the Holy Spirit for your wisdom because He has the mind of God for your personal life. If there are unfulfilled desires in your life, seek after righteousness and you will be filled.

If you try to love the world and Jesus Christ at the same time, you are double-minded and you will live with confusion (James 4:3-8). Many Christians try to work around the Word of God, compromising and making their own rules of conduct; they get defiled by the Hivite spirit. In Genesis 39:1-23 Potifer’s wife tried to entice Joseph, but by God’s grace Joseph was able to flee from those enticements (read also 1 Timothy 6:11 and Hebrews 11:23-27). Is there a Hivite enticement in your life? Rebuke it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Noah saw the Hivite spirit working in his day, but he found God’s grace and was saved.  The rest of the world perished.

Pastor George Belobaba

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