People are still challenging God’s order to cleanse the land by killing its occupants. That is because we are more concerned with “people’s feelings” than with God’s holiness. God chose the land of Israel over which to put His name. To this land, to the city of Jerusalem all nations will come to worship Him. Therefore the people and the land had to be holy. Because the nations who lived there had so polluted the land they had to be completely destroyed.
May this be a warning to the nations AND to Israel. God will not allow defilement of His land – not then, not now.
For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants.
“When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire.
PRAY THAT ISRAEL AND ALL NATIONS TURN FROM THEIR SIN AND RETURN TO GOD.
[Camel meat, typical site in the Arab market]
[Photo by Kenneth Berg]