Reading in Joshua 11 this a.m. – thought this was interesting…
vv.21,22 At that time, Joshua came & wiped out the Anakim
Going on from there, into Chapter 13, specific, God directed instructions are given: the Israelites need to take possession of the Promised Land &, by war, remove the inhabitants of the land, esp. from those cities listed above.
What gets me is that they never do – we know that because in 1Samuel we encounter Goliath. A famous giant. From Gath. One of the towns that the Israelites were supposed to decimate, but never did.
Leaving Gath (& Goliath’s ancestors) untouched, & not following through in this area cost the Israelites greatly later on – persecution, oppression, bondage, slavery, & death. The very thing that they didn’t follow through on ended up costing them later on.