1. Exposition

What is so sad about the Canaanites' persisting in the region of Aijalon and Mount Heres?

Judges 1:35 (ESV)

35 The Amorites persisted in dwelling in Mount Heres, in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim, but the hand of the house of Joseph rested heavily on them, and they became subject to forced labor.

What makes this so is sad and striking is that these places were where Joshua had defeated them and the sun had been made to stand still (Joshua 10:12). Indeed, it is where Joshua was buried (Judges 2:9). What an appalling situation, that the Canaanites should recapture these great memorial sites! What a sad contrast with the former victory at this location!1