Pastor is Israel is sharing from the scriptures next to the river Lacish. This area used to be where once one of the powerful Philistine city of Ashdod controlled the area.
So this was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families
The cities at the limits of the tribe of the children of Judah, toward the border of Edom in the South
Ashdod with its towns and villages, Gaza with its towns and villages—as far as the Brook of Egypt and the Great Sea with its coastline.
God promised these lands to the Israelites, but the children of Israel never took possession of Ashdod and the surrounding area. This area grew into a stronghold and a thorn in the side of the Israelites. The lesson we are to learn is that we need to follow God’s lead and do what He tells us to do!