Joshua 14:15a (ESV)
Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba. (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.)
Kiriath-arba–city of Arba
Joshua 15:13-14 (ESV)
According to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah, Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak). And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the descendants of Anak.
Jephunneh–he that beholds
Anak–long-necked, forefather of a mixed race of giant people
Our Father in heaven,
The Confederate symbol on our state flag is historically tied to covenant-breaking, slavery, racism, and greed. Lord, have mercy. Even today, these mindsets occupy our land like the Anakites in Kiriath-Arba.
But You are bigger than the giants. Raise up in Mississippi leaders like Caleb, who behold what You would have them understand, who are loyal to You, who are bold to defend the honor of Your name, who are unafraid, who persevere.
We call forth the Calebs, and we declare over the state of Mississippi, Friendship! Amen.