Vs. 4, “For the day has come to destroy all the Philistines and to cut off all survivors who could help Tyre and Sidon. The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines, the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.” Here we have the Philistines who have been a thorn in the side of God’s people. Remember big old Golath? He was a Philistine. They lived along the gaza strip in modern-day Israel. Though they took a low profile after their defeat against King David, they still quietly lived on the coastal strip apart from the rule of Judah. But as the Babylonians came to conquer, the Philistines also would receive their wrath. Babylon would be pictured as torrential river coming their way.
Regarding application…Selfishness. Vs. 3, “at the sound of the hoofs of galloping steeds, at the noise of enemy chariots and the rumble of their wheels. Fathers will not turn to help their children; their hands will hang limp.” Wow~~~how crazy is this? The Philistines would abandon their own children to escape the invading Babylnoians. That reminds me of an old Seinfeld episode. One of the character’s named George was mingling in a social setting where there were children. Someone had yelled fire and George started pushing all the kids out of the way to save himself. Of course, it was used for comedic laughter, but it was laughter only because we just assume the normal person would never do this. How sad the nature of human sin reverts back to selfishness. I’m reminded of Frodo’s long journey to Mount Doom only to selfishly keep the ring. If it hadn’t been for Gollum’s own selfishness, Frodo would have been the antangonist of the story. Tolkien reveals to us what the Philistines reveal to us. We are so selfish that we would abandon our own children. Of course, that is an example of what we can become. Not we we necessarly choose to live. Let us be people of God who love and give up this life. Learn to “Just say NO” in a world that gives in to all it’s desires. Turn to the LORD (Yahweh) today through Jesus!