“The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before Pharaoh attacked Gaza.”
All the way back to the time of Abraham we have been reading about the Philistines. They were a people who came from Phoenicia and occupied the southern coastal region of the land of Israel. Because of the unwillingness of the people of God to deal with them in the early years of the occupation of the Promised Land, the Philistines were a constant problem for Israel. At times Israel would push them back and at times the Philistines would conquer portions of Israel enslaving its people. Over the years they had repeated opportunities to turn from idolatry and become followers of God. Those opportunities are now coming to the end as their nation is on the brink of destruction.
Today the Philistines are nothing more than a history lesson as their destruction was complete. I think it was Winston Churchill who said “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” There is an essential lesson we need to learn from the fall of the Philistines. The mercy of God will hold back His judgment providing us with many opportunities to turn away from sin and follow Him. But time will ultimately run out for everyone and we will face the judgment of God.
If you were able to make your way to Israel you can walk upon the remains of the ancient philistine cities of Gaza and Ashkelon. These remains almost scream to us that walking according to our own ways will ultimately end in ruin. Don’t wait until it is too late! The Bible promises that today is the day of salvation. If you will turn to God He will forgive your sin and restore your relationship with Him.