February 29, 2008
Breadcrumb: One more time with gusto
When the house of Joseph decides to war against Bethel, which was called Luz before its conquest, they needed some intel. They stopped a man leaving the city and asked him how to get in, with a promise that they would treat the man well. The man agreed, revealed the city's defences, and the Israelites promptly conquered it. The man, however, left and built a new city, also called Luz, "which is its name to this day." (Judg. 1:22-26, NIV) In other words, it seems that Luz mark 2 learned from the mistakes of its namesake and didn't allow its citizens to give up its secrets nearly as easily. Or, if it did, we haven't read about it yet.