January 3, 2017 Psalm 49:1-9,, Deuteronomy 3, Psalm 49:10-18 (16)

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.