Lent day 22: Who is Perez?
Luke 3: 33 “the son of Perez”
The name means ‘to breakout’ or ‘to breach’.
His son, Hezron, means walled town which is interesting with the name Perez which suggests breaking out of that walled town.
2 Samuel 6: 8 When the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out for the ark of God, he was struck with judgment: “Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah”
God has ordained that there be a hedge of protection around your life, “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.” Job 1:10.
When God took down the hedge Satan brought great trouble to Job.
It is the work of our enemy to see the wall of protection around our life breached or broken down completely. The promise to the Israelites bound for the Promised Land was this: “When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites,Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.” Deuteronomy 7:1-2
There were walled cities that were impenetrable, “All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many un-walled villages.” Deut 3:5. But there was also un-walled cities or cities with broken down walls that were called Perrizite cities.
There is a giant that comes against our lives that seeks to destroy our defences and to leave us hopeless, un-walled and unprotected. It is the Perez giant.
If Satan can’t destroy you completely then he will destroy part of you. There is Divine protection but only as we abide in Christ, John 15:4.
Abiding in Christ brings cleansing, protection, security and confidence, our hurting heart is healed and strength for the fight. There is little the devil can do to you as you abide in Christ. But he wants you out of that abiding place. He wants you unprotected. He will tempt you to break through the wall. Look what Solomon writes, “Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.” Ecclesiastes 10:8.
Is there an area of your life where you simply do not trust the Lord but you keep breaking through the wall of His protection? Is there a gap in the walls?
Here are 3 declarations you can make:
- He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the Shadow of the Almighty. From this place of abiding in Jesus, He is a refuge and fortress for my life.
- Jesus, I choose today to abide in you, to be faithful and obedient, pure and holy, in thought, word and deed. As long as I remain in you I am safe from evil attacks.
- Satan, I have decided to remain in Christ, I overcome Perez and the Perrizite giant in the name and blood of Jesus Christ. I will not be enticed out from underneath God’s covering and you are not breaking in either.