About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Out The Nations (ch. 7:1 - 26)
verses 1 through 6 God said that He would help
verses 7 through 10 Moses reminds
10 isn't politically correct today.
Moses said that those who hate God, God will repay them to their
face, and He won't be slow about this.
It seems like on every page of the Old Testament we see this side
of God. It is a side of God
that we cannot ignore, although we often do because we just don't
understand, and we can't fully understand how much God hates evil.
verses 10 to 16 Moses reminds Israel
that if they obey God's law, He will bless them in every way possible.
He will bless them in ways that no other nation has experienced.
I would suggest, although I know the text does not say it here,
but I believe it says it elsewhere, that the reverse could be true as
does not obey God, He will curse them, and I'd say, curse them in a way
no other nation has known. I
think Jewish history shows this to be true.
verses 15 and 16 Moses commands Israel
to destroy the pagans in the
verses 17 to 21 Moses admits that the seven nations in Canaan are larger
and stronger than Israel, but that makes no difference to God.
He is stronger than all seven put together, and it is God who is
actually winning the battles for
verse 22 to the end of the chapter Moses repeats the admonition to
utterly destroy the pagan way of life, for it is detestable to God, and
Moses says it should be detestable to God's people.
This is yet another lesson for Christians to learn today.
My thinking is that we are so overtaken with the ways of the
world, that we have little understanding how detestable this is to God.
We no longer know what is acceptable or detestable.
22 states that God would not allow Israel
to wipe out their enemies all at once.
This would be a process, a little bit at a time, and there was
some logic to this. If Israel
killed off all seven nations at once, they were too small of a nation to
inhabit the whole land, and while the time it took to spread out over
the land, the land would go to waste.
So, until then, the pagans could look after the land for Israel