Sat, 6 February 2016
The Hebrews are called to completely destroy their rivals in Canaan--man, woman, child, and artifacts of worship. This is a difficult passage to accept. However, God explicitly wants to protect His people from the temptation of idolatry that would be constant if the Hebrews lived among Canaanite religion (The Hebrews would later fall prey to this very temptation). Despite this seemingly harsh judgement, God offers hope to the innocent and righteous. Furthermore, if Israel keeps God's commandments, he will lavish great reward.