Who are the Anakim in Joshua 14:12?

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It. All right, so Johnny is asking Joshua 1412, who are the Anakim?

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Well, my friend Johnny, that is a fantastic question. And I actually really enjoyed finding the answer to this. So if you want to go with me, kind of go back in time as far as the context of kind of what’s going on here. So actually, just to get some reference up for anybody who’s wondering, it sounds like you’re reading the Book of Joshua. And so in order to understand Joshua, we kind of need to understand what was going on before Joshua took role as leader.

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So if you go back about 40 years, that’s the context of what’s happening. Actually, I’m just wondering. Okay, let’s first start with Joshua 1412 just to get a little bit of context there. And then we’ll go back a book and then we’ll kind of get your answer there. So if you go to the Book of Joshua, chapter 14, this is a really interesting story.

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So basically, Joshua and Caleb are talking here. And if you remember these two, they were two of the Twelve spies from back when Israel was supposed to take Canaan. And so what happened? Know, they were supposed to go out and get the land of Canaan, but people were too scared. But Caleb and Joshua were brave and they were saying, let’s go out and get this land.

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God will be with us. God has given it to us. Let’s go. But because of Israel’s faithlessness, the nation wandered for 40 years. However, after those 40 years, Joshua became the next leader after Moses.

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And Caleb was still around as well. And so what you see here in Joshua chapter 14, verse Twelve is basically conversation between Joshua and Caleb at this point. And so basically, when you look at the beginning of Joshua Chapter 14, it’s talking about what’s kind of going on, that there was these tribes and how they were dividing the land and how every tribe of Israel or Judah or tribe of Israel was getting a portion of land. Well, Caleb asks for a specific inheritance. And so you see that in the first up, in Joshua twelve, verse 13, it says, and Joshua blessed him.

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The context of Joshua 1412 Is that he says, now therefore, give me this mountain. So basically, Caleb gives this speech about I’ve been here since the beginning, like in verse ten, he says, and now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive as he said these 45 years, even since the Lord spake this word to Moses while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness. And now I am this day four scored five years old. He’s 85 years old. He says in verse eleven, as yet I am as strong this day as I was the day that Moses sent me.

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So Caleb is saying, hey, it’s been 45 years since I was a spy with you, Joshua. And he’s saying but I’m just as strong today as I was then. And he’s just as eager now to receive the land and the promise that God has promised to him and his people. And so in verse twelve, this is basically he says, now therefore give me this mountain. He’s asking for a specific land of a mountain which we see becomes his.

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And it says, wherefore the Lord spake this day. For thou hast heard in the day that how the Anakims were there and the cities were great and fenced. If so be the Lord will be with me. Then I shall be able to dry them out as the Lord said. So Caleb was like look, it’s been 45 years I’ve been waiting.

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I am ready. I am still able, ready and willing to do the will of the Lord and get this promised land. And so that’s kind of the context of what’s going on. So who are the Anakins then? These people that were there and they were there 40 plus years ago.

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If you go to Deuteronomy chapter one and verse 28, it talks about basically the context of this. And I’m sorry, I’m having a little issue with my computer today so bear with me 1 second. I don’t know why my mouse wants to do things that I’m not telling it to do. So I apologize. So Deuteronomy chapter one and apologize.

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Guys, like I said, we’re having some technical issues today. I’m just going to talk to you. Deuteronomy Chapter One, verse 28 is basically the context of when the Twelve spies went out and the people were afraid because they saw giants. Now Deuteronomy chapter two, verse twelve is where we see Joshua destroys most of them. And so these Anakims, these were people that were not just giants, they were like the giant of the Giants.

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So there are several places where the Bible talks about them and basically how they were a special breed of giants. Now not only were they giants, they were not godfaring people, they were heathen, they were idol worshippers.

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And so here we see God basically saying yes, you’re going to be able to drive them out because these are not holy people, they are doing wicked things. And so basically here we see they’re first mentioned when Joshua and Caleb were being sent out in Deuteronomy chapter one, verse 28, they said, whither shall we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying, the people is greater and taller than we. The cities are great and walled up to heaven. And moreover, we have seen the sons of Anakins, of the Anakims there.

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So basically the Anakims were like the super giants. Back like we talk about the Philistines and Goliath being a giant. And I think these Anakims would have basically been even taller than the giant Goliath. So these were like the super giants of these days. And again, if you look in the next chapter, Deuteronomy, chapter two, verse eleven, it gives you a little bit more clarity as far as these people where he says, which also were accounted giants as the Anakin.

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So basically he’s talking about other people, like other tribes and other people that were tall, like in verse ten of Deuteronomy two, it says, the emims dwelt there in times past, a people great and many and tall as the Anakins. So as a standard of being a super giant, the Anakin tribe was just up there. It was just like the top of these tall, tall giant people. And yet God was saying, go and say, kick them out because I am giving this land to you. Even though it’s scary, even though it seems like you’re no match for these giants, God is saying, I’m with you.

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So we see, though, in the Book of Joshua, the chapter prior to this, in Joshua, chapter eleven, verses 21 and 22, that Joshua basically had destroyed most of this tribe when Israel finally got into the promised land and when those doubtful people had finally passed away, Caleb and Joshua and all these people that were ready to receive the land did so, and they were able to wipe out most of this tribe, like we just mentioned in Joshua 1121 and 22. So I hope that answers your questions. Yes, the Anakims were giants, and yet they were no match for God’s people when they were actually filled with the Holy Spirit and willing to go forward and receive the promise that God had for them.

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