Provisions for Killing
When we consider Exodus 20:13 we as Christians must see it in the perspective that God intended, not take on the widely accepted mindset of the world. The accepted worldview (how non-Christians think) can be as subtle as the individual wants, or extreme as the individual wants it to be.
- Some extremists may say that we should not kill at all, for any reason. Many pacifist have taken this worldview to such an extreme that they have become vegetarians. Yet they kill plants for food.
- Then there are the people claiming to be a breatharians, able to live on the air alone, these people have taken not killing to such an extreme that they do not kill even for their own welfare. But I also read about their deaths.
- Finally, we have the atheists that claim that when God orders the destruction of the Amalekites that He was in violation of His Own command. How do we answer this argument arguments we see God’s command, and the events of the Bible?
So the first point;
God’s Judgment on Nations.
is that God does not destroy the innocent with the wicked, he will remove the innocent to safety before he kills even one! Even the innocent children, for them, God has already made provisions in heaven. Therefore we see that the destruction of the wicked, may actually save the souls of the innocent children among them.
What about the innocent children?This may sound harsh but seldom is a parent evil and the child innocent. Almost always the wickedness of the parent is expressed in the behavior of the Child. This is where we get that expression, “The nut does not fall far from the tree.” This is why psychiatrist agree that hate has to be taught. Consider this true event, last week I watched the news on TV, and there was this mother who was trying to sue the police for beating her son who was caught shoplifting at a department store. She claimed that the police beat him for no reason and that he had never shoplifted anything in his life much less resisted arrest. Now even though there were witnesses that saw the teenage boy stealing, and fighting with the police she was adamant that it her son was innocent. Two days ago the very same mother that was on TV accusing the police of arresting her son and beating him unjustly was being arrested herself. And do you know why? Yes, shoplifting from the very same store her son was accused of shoplifting from! Duh! Remember the expression “The nut does not fall far from the tree.”
Now consider the statement that hate has to be taught. And Pay good attention to this next true story. There are extreme Muslim groups which teach their children to hate Jewish people from the time they are old enough to understand language. Muslim children of these extremist are officially taught beginning in grammar school that if they die in a Holy Jihad, then they are guaranteed a place in paradise.
Who were the Amalekites?
- Exodus 17:8 tells us they fought against the Israelites at Rephidim,
- Deuteronomy 25:17-18 say the followed behind the Israelites during their 40 year journey and murdered straggling children and elderly. In Exodus 23:7 we see that God is righteous and that the reward of the Amalekites was the expected outcome for them. In that God does not acquit those the kill (properly translated as murder [harag]) the innocent or righteous.
- Judges 3:13 says the Amalekites joined forces with the Ammonites and Eglon of Moab to defeat and enslave the men of Israel for 18 years.
- Judges 6:3, 6:33, 7:12 says the Amalekites joined forces the Midianites to attack Israel. Asaph the psalmist sings about this in
- When Saul failed to utterly destroy all the Amalekites as God had commanded they resurface again to raid and destroy Ziklag and again David had to wage war against them that should have already been dead (1Samuel 30)
- 250 years after King David the remaining Amalekites were still a major problem for the Israelites. It was not until they came against five hundred of the sons of Semion during the reign of King Hezekiah that they were finally completely annihilated (1 Chronicles 4:42-43)
is that because the Amalekites murdered the straggling elders and innocent children of the Israelites in the dessert, and because they murdered their own innocent children. But more importantly because they were the tools by which Satan sought to stop the coming Messiah, or pervert the lineage of Christ Jesus they were irreconcilably wicked. And God had already spoken in Exodus 23:7 that for their guilt He would not acquit. Any other action, for instance to let them go unpunished, would have made Yahweh and unjust God.
In conclusionWe must remember four (4) things
- Murder and killing are not the same. God is against murder, but sometimes make provisions for killing
- The Justice of God will not allow Him to destroy the innocent with the guilty.
- There are situations when some deserve earthly death, because God does not acquit those that murder the innocent and righteous.
- If God had not destroyed them then the Amalekites may have been successful in perverting the lineage of the coming Messiah and our Salvation would have never been realized.