|Deuteronomy 7 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "When the LORD your God shall bring you into the land where you go to possess it, 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;
2 And when the LORD your God shall deliver them before you; you shall smite them, and utterly destroy them;1 you shall make no covenant with them, nor show mercy to them:
3 Neither shall you make marriages with them; your daughter you shall not give to his son, nor his daughter shall you take to your son.
4 For they will turn away your son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy you suddenly.
5 But thus shall you deal with them; you shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD your God has chosen you to be a special people to himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people;
8 But because the LORD loved you ,and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn to your fathers. So the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9 Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and mercy with those who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
10 And repays those who hate him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack to him who hates him, he will repay him to his face.
11 You shall therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command you this day, to do them.
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, if you listen to and heed these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD your God shall keep to you the covenant and the mercy which he swore to your fathers:
13 And he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your land, your corn, and your wine, and your oil, the increase of your cattle, and the flocks of your sheep, in the land which he swore to your fathers to give you.
14 You shall be blessed above all people; there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
15 And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, upon you; but will lay them upon all those who hate you.
16 And you shall consume all the people that the LORD your God shall deliver you. Your eye shall have no pity upon them; neither shall you serve their gods for that will be a snare to you.
17 If you shall say in your heart, 'These nations are greater than us; how can we dispossess them?'
18 You shall not be afraid of them, but you will well remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh, and to all Egypt;
19 The great temptations which your eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD your God brought you out. So shall the LORD your God do to all the people of whom you are afraid.
20 Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them, until those who are left, and hide themselves from you, are destroyed.
21 You shall not be frightened of them for the LORD your God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.
22 And the LORD your God will put out those nations before you by little and little. You may not consume them at once, to prevent the beasts of the field from increasing upon you.
23 But the LORD your God shall deliver them to you, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they are destroyed.
24 And he shall deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall destroy their name from under heaven; there shall no man be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them.
25 You shall burn with fire the graven images of their gods, and you are not to desire the silver or gold that is on the graven images, nor take it for yourself, lest you are snared in them; for all these things are an abomination to the LORD your God.
26 Neither shall you bring such an abomination into your house, lest you become a cursed thing like it; but you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it for it is a cursed thing."
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1 You shall smite them and utterly destroy them. Life, chronicled in the Old Testament, before Jesus opened up the opportunity of the Kingdom to anyone with faith in his name, was used to create an indelible allegory of the individual's purification experience — for reference, benchmark, understanding, warnings, and encouragement. Instead of purity of an individual, it was purity of his chosen people; they were punished when they didn't obey, and they were told to destroy any other race in their country. The Kings that Joshua destroyed are the allegory of the elements of our own reigning spirits that have to be destroyed. As individuals, we are disciplined, scourged, and chastised by God in our purification, Heb 12:6-8; but all to our benefit — so that we can be rid of our sinful natures and participate in the divine nature.
The allegory goes on and on. The Old Testament is a physical allegory to the new spiritual covenant. Hebrews states several, but there are many, many more. Whatever loss people experienced to create that indelible allegory will be made up by a perfectly just God.
Fortunately, the pain and suffering that people experience in this life will be made up for by God in the next life;
this life being like a distant dream.
And remember, God knows the future. He knows if a people will do nothing but go deeper into evil. Normally, he lets them dig themselves as deep as they choose, until the time of normal death. But if he knows they will have to go through Hell after death, with no hope of being reconciled with God while alive, and if it suits His broader purpose, their deaths can be merciful. Merciful because they cease digging themselves deeper into the pit of evil, which they will have to dig themselves out of in the next life, called Hell. See Is There Hope for All for the details.
And all will be comforted. And all will say that God is righteous.
And all will say that Jesus Christ is Lord. And these things will be said in sincerity and honesty by all,
for God would take no pleasure in someone lying under force or threat of force;
these things will be said from the heart by all, to the glory of God the Father .
He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces;
and the rebuke of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken it. Isa 25:8.
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