Just as God gave the literal Israelites a literal battle to fight and seven literal “ite” nations to drive out of the literal Canaan land, He has also given His saved people a spiritual battle to fight and seven spiritual nations to drive out.
Deuteronomy 7:1-2 (KJV)
7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;
7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, [and] utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them.
There is an amazing hidden picture in the seven “ite” nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and the Jebusites—especially in the meanings of their names and what they symbolize for us today.
For example, “Canaanite” comes from a root word meaning “merchant.” What could a spiritual merchant be? “Perizzite” means “a dweller in an unwalled city.” Who would that be? Who, spiritually, lives in an unwalled city?
This Bible study explores the meanings behind each of the seven “ite” nations, what they mean to us today, and why it is so important to drive them out. It is certainly no easy matter—the Canaanites rode in spike-covered iron chariots with revolving blades on the wheels! But with God’s help, we can spiritually drive out the “ites”.
Read: Drive Out the “Ites”