God knows the hearts of men. Often in the midst of defining and structuring our lives we can become overly zealous in the application of morality. Our finite minds cannot bear the weight of God’s morality without his constant input to guide us. The Jewish conquest of Canaan had resulted in seemingly endless slaughter of God’s enemies. This was seen as a judicial process, in that God was using the Jews to pass judgment upon the gentiles who polluted the land by breaking the moral laws. This would have created a dangerous environment where killing was always seen as a viable way to work through issues of the day. This rule helps to give the people a much needed dose of restraint. I’m infuses God’s sense of justice into God’s sense of wrath and makes clear what role mercy plays in that process. Without something like this, it is possible that every citizen might become judge, jury and executioner. Here we see the beginnings of civilized conventions of society. God is more than wrath. The strong arm of the law wields a sword for slaughter as much as it does for salvation.
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts