Ephes Dammim: The Boundary Of The Blood

1 Samuel 17:45-47
“45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; FOR THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

The Bible is a multi-layered treasure storehouse from the Parshah (surface story) to the Sod (lowest layer.)  It is one book that is all about ONE person: our Lord Jesus.

From Genesis to Revelation, over and over, in various offices, types and shadows, there are stories and snapshots of Him, His Jewish brethren, and US, The Church.  All these things act as visual aids to teach us more about Him.

The Holy Spirit loves to teach us about Jesus in the stories themselves.  But He also loves to hide these beautiful pictures in the meanings of names of people and places, in numbers, and even individual Hebrew letters.  Many times, there is a story within a story within a story.

If you’d like to learn more about the layers of Bible study, you may follow the link below for a more in-depth discussion:


Bold Statement!

What a BOLD statement by this young man who was only 17 years old at the time.  He was dwarfed by this giant of a man, the great champion of the Philistines.  But he didn’t stand there in defiance of this giant in his own strength.  No.  He stood before him in the name of the LORD of Hosts.  Big difference!  His words, far from being like the bragging boast of this giant, were in fact a statement of great humility.

As you read above, even numbers have hidden meaning.  David was only 17 when he killed Goliath.  The number, “17,” in Bible numerics, means, “Victory.”  It also corresponds to the day that Jesus rose from the dead, triumphing over the death itself:  “The 17th day of the month of Nissan!”

For more on the meaning of numbers in the Bible, which is NOT numerology by the way, please follow the link below:


Defeating Wrong Mentalities.
God loves us so much!  He wants to help us defeat wrong mentalities in our lives. He knows that as a man thinks in his heart, SO IS HE.  Our Father shows us how to do it in this account of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17:1-12.
The Philistines and the Israelites were facing each other on opposing hills on either side of the Valley of Elah as this story opens.  Let’s follow the story.

Impenetrable Boundry.
1 “Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah; they encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes Dammim…..”

What you see in the picture above is the valley of Elah as it exists in Israel today.  Azekah was a town on border between Israel and Philistia.

The Hebrew word for blood is “Dam.”  When they want to make a word plural in, they add the letters “im” on the end which functions like our letter “s” in English.

“Dammim” is the plural of “dam.”  It literally means, “Bloods.”

When they want to portray a very violent death or a very bloody affair, like the account of this battle, they use the plural of the word.  So, Ephes Dammim means “the boundary of the bloods-plural.”

Is there anything more efficacious than the blood of our Lord Jesus?  NO!

Church, there is a boundary of the blood of Jesus that the devil CANNOT CROSS.  It protects you and I,  our families, our homes and our earth from ALL his attacks.
Enemy Tactics.
Here’s how he attacks:
He tries to call you out by using his so-called “weapons.”  They are lies and webs of deceit in an attempt to trick YOU into coming down from YOUR HIGH POSITION SEATED NEXT TO JESUS.  He tries to get you to cross over your protective boundary, out of your place of protection DOWN into the area of defeat becasue he knows he cannot cross that line.

He whispers things like:
“Oh, wow! You really screwed up again!”
“You are totally out of control.”
“What a terrible parent you are.”

“Call yourself a Christian when you act like that?”
“You know, so and so reads their Bible for two hours EVERY day.  You only read fifteen minutes; and you didn’t even take time to pray!  Shame, shame, shame!….and you didn’t take time for your Bible study lesson, either.  God must be very displeased with you.”
Here’s one of his favorites:
“What’s the use of even trying?  Evil is too strong.  There’s no hope.”
And my favorite………”You never do anything right!”  BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!
Pronoun Substitution.
But instead of actually saying, “You” are this or “you” are that, however, he substitutes the personal pronoun, “I:”  “I am a terrible parent, “I” am a terrible person; “I” am a poor excuse for a Christian,” making you think you though it up.  YUK!

On and on he drones; negative, destructive, self-condemning thoughts.  It never ends.  Don’t listen to him.  HE IS LYING.  But, in order for him to win, you have to listen to, believe, and buy into his lies.

Not A Mind-Reader.
That’s why it is so critical that you confess God’s word instead.  His angels, who also can’t read your mind, will do your bidding.  They respond to the spoken word of God and work FOR us!
(For more on angelic protection, please follow the link below:
Demonic Pattern.

In order for his puny plan to succeed, however, you have to stand up, come DOWN from your high place seated next to Jesus and go DOWN into the valley; DOWN into defeat.  That is how you “fall” from grace. We “fall” because we come DOWN from our high place DOWN to the LOWER place; DOWN into the VALLEY of fear and defeat.

Are you sensing a pattern here?

Hebrew And Typologies.

Elah, in Hebrew, means “Awesome, fearful One,” from the root word for fear.

Goliath–a typology of the devil–tries to get you to come down into that valley of fear.
This is what “Falling from grace”actually means.  It does NOT mean you lose your salvation.  NO WAY. THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE.  It simply means you voluntarily come “DOWN” from your high place, seated with Jesus (grace personified), to the “Lower” place; to the valley of fear, i.e. the law.”

Each army was on a mountain on either side of the valley of Elah. A champion from the Philistines went out from the camp.  He was the giant, GOLIATH, whose name means “stripped, exile.”  This “type” of THE enemy–the devil–Jesus has stripped and exiled!

He was from the town of Gath which, in Hebrew, means “Winepress.”  It says in Rev.19:15 that “Jesus Himself treads out the WINEPRESS of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” “Having stripped principalities and powers; He spoiled them!…….

David cuts off Goliaths head 2

In those days after a battle, the defeated commander was very publicly stripped of everything in front of all his men and humiliated. The winning commander used this defeated commander as his foot stool in front of all the people and the captured army. It demonstrates to everyone present that all power and authority had been transferred into the hands of the conqueror.
So the devil is a “stripped exile because of the wrath of God.” When he {satan} comes against you, that’s how he wants to make you feel:  Like you have nothing, that you are nothing, and God is angry with you.
He will never remind you that you’re wearing the robe of righteousness.  He will never tell you God loves you.
He will never remind you that you are God’s beloved.
He tells you a pack of lies like the ones above.
DO NOT LISTEN TO HIM!   You are NOT under God’s wrath.  You are NOT an exile.
You are NOT an orphan.  You are NOT on God’s naughty list.  God is not angry at you.  In fact, He’s not even mildly disappointed.


Whenever you hear any preaching or teaching that makes you feel like you have not quite arrived, have not measured up to some standard, in other words, has you looking at you instead of at Jesus, you have just heard the booming voice of Goliath in your ears.

I say again:

Stay right where you already are:  Safe with Jesus, THE GREATER DAVID, whose name means “Beloved.”  Stay safe on THIS SIDE of the Ephes Dammin.

Epilogue:  David took Goliath’s severed head back to Jerusalem and did something very interesting with it. Follow the link below for the rest of that story:   https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/the-place-of-the-skull/)

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