God provided everything they needed. It appears that they had no scarcity, clothes that did not wear out. While in the wilderness, they were a community and shared many thing. This led us to a discussion of how our parents saved and hoarded things. This was another test of obedience. Although there were times when people thought things were pretty good but when they heard of Canaan they were anxious. We hear about the struggle with suffering but awaiting the promise. Pries sang the magic penny about faith increases if you give it to others. Some people think God gave them land and they fight to keep it. Our Muslim speaker last Sunday was very articulate. A couple scoffed at what he was saying and walked out. It is confusing to study the Trinity and more straightforward to believe in one God. They believe Jesus wasn’t crucified but was taken to heaven.
Israel must destroy everything about the stronger foes completely. No inter marrying and do not worship at their altars. Don’t even use the gold and silver left over from the idols. The meaning of the word hornet here is uncertain, possibly it means a plague. In v 21 they are told to destroy the kings one at a time lest the wilderness overtake them. Canaan refers to the area of Phoenicia and Egypt rules this area for 5 centuries. Possibly this explains the Hebrew story of being under Egypt and they ran into the desert to escape. The Hebrew people were sent into the wilderness to preserve their uniqueness and their civilization. Then when they were ready they came back to wipe out the other tribes. Does God change asks bill, Paul Tillich says the answer is Jesus. The Muslims believe all that happens is always caused or allowed by God. Jesus says only if you exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, can you come to heaven. Gene says I am lost. But bill says the righteousness of Pharisees is self righteous and hence you can easily exceed them. Our perception of God changes, from one who punished us for falling short, to a view that I can’t do enough but have the promise of God to save us despite our failures.
This describes the taking of the east bank of the Jordan from Sihon, king of Heshbon. He also took over the land of Og of Bashon. God says that they should kill all men, women, and children as they took over the land. They could take over all of the belongings of the 2 conquered kings. How do we interpret this text for us today. It shows the voice of God and the obedience of the people to God. God said you are my chosen people so therefore anything goes. We do have to remember however that when you conquered a people you had to kill the enemies. Is it any different today with rulers like Assad of Syria or Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein. Lots of enemies were destroyed by these leaders. Archeological studies don’t show the devastation that the Bible describes.