Once one of Israel?s largest cities,
Lachish covers an impressive eighteen acres. Though they have crumbled to a fraction of their original height, the city walls still look imposing today.
At Lachish, archaeologists have discovered the largest gate complex in Israel. The massive double gate included both an outer gate structure and an inner gate. Its large size testifies to the strength and importance of ancient Lachish.
Lachish grew so large because of its critical location within Israel. The city defended Israel?s southern flank and protected an approach to Jerusalem from invaders. As long as the city of Lachish stood, Jerusalem remained safe. But if Lachish fell to a foreign power, Jerusalem would likely fall too.
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Looking at Lachish today, you can almost picture the crowds of people
who once walked its streets. This great city provided a home for thousands. But today, its ruins remind us what happens when a culture refuses to follow God.