Leaving Some Canaanites

Joshua 16:10 is no insignificant verse, “And they did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and have become forced laborers” (Joshua 16:10).
Ephraim did not exterminate the Canaanites as the Lord had commanded. Perhaps Ephraim thought that the Canaanites could serve a useful purpose by working for the tribe. However, the existence of the Canaanites among Ephraim and the other tribes of Israel proved to be a bad decision, because eventually the Israelites learned the ways of the idolatrous Canaanites and that brought Israel down (See Psalm 106:34-43).
The Lord told Israel what to do and they should have done it fully.
What has the Lord told you to do in the Scriptures? Do it completely, otherwise, you will only experience partial blessings, and it may even turn into a curse later.

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Don Ruhl

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