God is holy and righteous
He wants the best for us all,
Those He chooses to do His will
Must follow completely His call.
God is patient, slow to anger
But be careful what you do,
If you do your will instead of His
He possibly may replace you.
God sees the evil going on
Our destructive hearts inside,
Without repentance, no forgiveness,
His Spirit won’t come to reside.
Respect the God of Creation
Don’t cut corners out of greed,
Never discredit Almighty God
Faithfully His commandments heed.
“And he sent you on a mission, saying, “Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.” (1 Samuel 15:18) We wonder how a God of love and mercy could give a command to completely destroy the Amalekites and all men, women, and children belonging to the seven or eight Canaanite nations. God commanded these persons to destruction because they violently opposed his work over a long period of time. God is patient, he waited for centuries for these Canannite people to repent and turn from their sinful ways. God finally cut off these sinful people to prevent the corruption of Israel and the rest of the world. (Deut. 20:16-18) God put up with their cruelty for such a long time until His patience, grace, and mercy finally ran out on them. When a nation starts burning children as a gift to the gods (Lev. 18:21) and practiced all kinds of other terrible vices, God decided it was time to remove the cancerous people before they infected all society and eventually destroyed the remaining good. God will remove evil from His own in the end times as well.
God’s way to rid the world of these people could have been any chosen way; pestilence, famine, or disease, but He chose to use his chosen people (the Israelites) to do the job in order to reveal his power. Had God spared the Canaanite women and children how long would it have been before a fresh crop of adults would emerge just like their pagan predecessors? Possibly God used his Israelite people because the Amalekites had been so cruel to them. While the Israelites were traveling in the desert out of Egypt the Amalekites picked off the weak, sick, and elderly at the end of the line of march and brutally murdered them because they had no fear of God. (Deut. 25:17-19) They attacked God’s people to discredit the living God. All the savage butchery of this Canaanite nation revealed their deep hatred for God and toward the people through whom God had chosen to bless the whole world.
These sinful people brought all this destruction upon themselves. What goes around, comes around. God protects those who try to follow His way and commands. If we refuse to do God’s commands, God will find someone else who will. Saul was commanded to completely wipe out the Amalekites. He went to war on them but didn’t completely wipe them out. Saul only did a half-job, placing more importance on plundering for His own selfish means. So, God removed him from being king and appointed another in his place. Do God’s commands completely.
Sheila Wells Hughes, January 16, 2019, # 915