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Week 11 Day 1
The purpose of war was to rid the land of sinful practices so that evil would not spread and infect everything elseOnce, back in GenesisGod used a flood to destroy evil from the land
Now, as the Israelites enter Canaan the strategy is to use the swordEveryone who might influence the Israelites to do evil must be destroyedTherefore, their wars were seen as God's work
In hindsight, we know that neither the flood nor the sword were a satisfactory solution for the problem of evil
Stay tunedThere's more. RULES FOR WAR The way to purge evil from the land is to destroy it. Deuteronomy 20
1"When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses, chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord is with you, who brought you up from Egypt. 2When you are on the verge of battle, the priest shall approach and speak to the people. 3He shall say, 'Hear, O Israel: Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; 4for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to save you.' 5"Then the officers shall say to the people: 'What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. 6Also what man is there who has planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him return to his house, lest he die and another man eat of it. 7What man is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him return to his house, lest he die and another man marry her. What man is fearful and fainthearted? Let him return, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.' 10"When you go near a city to fight against it, proclaim an offer of peace to it. 11 If they accept your offer, and open to you, then all the people found in it shall be placed under tribute to you, and serve you. 12Now if the city will not make peace with you, but war against you, then you shall besiege it. 13When the Lord your God delivers it into your hands, strike every male in it with the edge of the sword. 14But the women, the little ones, the livestock, and all its spoil, you shall plunder for yourself. 15Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you. 16"But of the cities of these peoples which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive, 17but you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite and the Jebusite, 18lest they teach you all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the Lord. 19"When you besiege a city you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them, do not cut them down, for the tree of the field is man's food. 20Only the trees which are not trees for food you may destroy to build siegeworks against the city that makes war with you." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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