Hebron, A Place of Alliance

By Greg Crawford, Apostle

Let's look at Hebron and see how we can apply some spiritual principles into where The Church is today.

Hebron was a key place geographically but also represents key placement spiritually as well. Let's first look at some background on Hebron. Hebron was a central city in Judah, 20 miles from Jerusalem. It is situated at one of the highest points (3,040 feet above sea level) on the central mountainous ridge and is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in Palestine. It is in an area with an abundant water supply in the form of wells and springs and is a regional center of grape and olive production. Hebron's original name (Gen. 23:2; Josh. 20:7) was Kiriath-arba (Hebrew meaning, 'four-fold city'). The city's current name, el-Khalil (Arabic meaning, 'the friend'), is an indication of its close connections with the traditions about Abraham (Gen. 13:18; 18:1), who is known as 'the friend of God' (2 Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8; James 2:23).

Hebron in Hebrew means 'alliance or association'. Let's keep that in mind as we look in-depth to how association or alliance was formed in this place. The first time we see Hebron in scripture is when Abraham traveled there to the plain of Mamre. Mamre means 'place of vision' or 'seeing'. Abraham was in a critical place on his journey and needed insight to make right decisions.

Genesis 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Abraham built an altar first thing upon arriving at this place. He was covenant making, or aligning or alliance or association with God in the place of seeing and vision.

Genesis 14:13-15 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

At Hebron, came an alliance of honorable men who would give their lives for Abraham. 318 men trained under Abraham and living in both Mamre (seeing and vision) and Hebron (alliance and association). It says they were confederate with him or were in alliance with him. God is looking for leaders in this hour to go to Hebron and train those under them in the same matters. The victory was won for Abraham because his pursuit in the battle started from the right place, Hebron. He had the warriors he needed as well. Men and women he could trust who were in alliance with him. We are in need of alliances. Networks make us lose our identity for the sake of the network. In networks, we absorb the belief system to fit in and we end up with no vested interest. Alliances allow us to keep our identity and come under a common cause. Alliances require a higher commitment but with that comes a greater realization that others have my back because of the investment made towards each other. You see all that Abraham required was in Hebron!

It was at Hebron that Sarah died and it was there that Abraham purchased the cave of Machpelah from Hittites in the area for use as a family tomb (Gen. 23:7-16), a site over which the current Haram el-Khalil (Arabic, 'the sacred area of the friend') traditionally stands. The woman who birthed the covenant promise was buried within the place of vision and seeing. How appropriate.

Later on as Joshua entered the Promised Land, Jericho stood before him. Hebron would be the secondary place to conquer as it was the highest point and held the key military advantage. Hebron was held by three of the legendary Anakim, 'the giants' (Num. 13:22), who apparently reestablished themselves there after the conquest. Most of The Church cannot decide if they have crossed over the Jordan or not, or are still in the process of crossing over, etc. Some are looking at their own Jericho and wondering if the walls between churches will fall. What comes after Jericho is a new alliance and new vision, Hebron. The problem is that most do not see Hebron in this hour because their Jericho has not fallen. Once the Jerichos are torn down, God will bring His people to greater advantage points than ever before.

Joshua 14:13-15 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel. 15 And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war.

Part of what we are to desire is our inheritance but many look only at natural things. Caleb saw a rich inheritance in Hebron and as a visionary leader saw the advantage point he could gain from such a place of alliance and association. He held to the promise many years and seized the opportunity. He may have seen Hebron and probably visited it since earlier Abraham had encounter there. Hebron was allotted to Caleb and subsequently became a city of the Kohathite, one of the six cities of refuge (Josh. 20:7). The high place is indeed the place of refuge. The place of association and alliance is indeed what the church and those in need are looking for. But not only did Caleb inherit Hebron but also Mamre. Mamre means the place of vision and seeing. It is the place Abraham had an encounter with God. So really he inherits association and automatically gained vision and place of seeing.

Hebron also played a prominent role in the early years of David. It was one of the cities that aided him in his refugee years running from King Saul. (1 Sam. 30:31) It was there that he was anointed 'king of Judah' (2 Sam. 2:11) and reigned for seven and a half years (2 Sam. 5:5).

2 Samuel 5:1-5 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

Hebron was the place David received his second and third anointing in his life. He was first anointed as a shepherd boy, then Priest, and finally to be king of Israel. This place of alliance and association is also the place of promotion and reigning. At Hebron, we see that all the tribes came to make David King. Hebron is the place lifelong alliances were formed. After David was anointed king at Hebron, his perception changed in how he viewed his authority and responsibility. It is not until Hebron came into his life that he birthed his inheritance and his lineage was born.

1 Chronicles 12:23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.

Hebron alliances outlive Saul structures of men. They are composed of mighty men of war. Men who also knew the times and seasons. Men and leaders who knew the Word of the Lord and lived to obey and fulfill it. Hebron represents the place of transfer to true authorities. Hebron is what we have tried so desperately to create in our own strengths by forming so many different church networks. We were on the right path but had the wrong model. The need that everyone had was what brought the 400 mighty men and others to Hebron. Today we do not come to gather based on need, but what we think we have.

1 Chronicles 12:30-31 And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers. And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.

I find it interesting that even those under the Saul structure came to a place of needing Hebron and joined with David. Ephraim (double ash heap, double fruitfulness) and Manasseh (allowed to be forgotten) both came to join with David in this alliance. It was so important that Manasseh would never be forgotten and would be recognized in the alliance, that they even were "expressed by name". Upon studying this, you will find they literally gave a role call of 18,000 people who said their name must be heard that they are in alliance!

How important is Hebron? David's son Absalom began his revolt against his father at Hebron (2 Sam. 15:7-10). He knew Hebron was a key place to be king and self pronounced his kingship. You see the place of Hebron is also a place where jealousy and greed for position is birthed as well. Without true character and integrity, Hebrons are used for a person's own advantage instead of God's. Hebrons are places of influence and Absalom tried to use his influence falsely from this point. In the end, he is removed from his position of authority and the true succession goes to Solomon.

Hebron is where alliances were formed for reformation and future kingdom strategies. In this hour in the church, God wants to bring people into alliances with true leaders who understand the importance of Hebron and the weight of being a leader like David who gave, unlike King Saul who took. Hebron alliances require us to be honorable men and women. Let us look for Hebron alliances and advance the Kingdom at a greater rate and impact. It is time for us to receive our second and third anointings!