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 else

Once, back in Genesis
God used a flood
        to destroy evil from the land

Now, as the Israelites enter Canaan
        the strategy is to use the sword
Everyone who might
        influence the Israelites to do evil
        must be destroyed
Therefore, 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 tuned
There'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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