Chapter 30 there is the whole deal with vows and that Women are given opportunity to become more responsible
Chapter 31 is the war against Midian to avenge former loss
God and War This is a MAJOR
Theme in the Old Testament especially
You must understand by now the need for the People of God to be holy. Leviticus, it is the KEY WORD of the book
Numbers plenty examples of Holiness and don’t cross marry.
So when the people of God go to destroy their enemies; or the people who are
occupying the land, they must be destroyed: ALL TRACES OF THEM
We decry the killing of Children, and yet the family is under attack all the time
We in our world are full of sin and who are we to Judge, but God wants purity
at all cost for his people. We’re going to see more of this
It isn’t that God of grace in the NEw Testament is different as a God of War in the
Old, because Deuteronomy that we’re reading this week, will preach a God of Grace
in the Israelites of that day. Not something new when you turn the page into Matthew
or the Epistles that are written occupying most books of the New Testament.
Not only are the children killed, the cities are burned. Get rid of the Idols. but that never
Contrast to the God of War is in Psalm 10
David cries,,,why do you stand off
why do you NOT get involved. The wicked to not seek you; the wicked renounces
God…so Father, why forget the afflicted-us-and not call them to account?
David ends with a consolation that He will strengthen the righteous
He will do justice for the fatherless and oppressed
To follow on that theme of Ps. 10
Lord, in you I take Refuge
the Lord sees us, He tests us.
We shall see Him
This is a more personal attack on the righteous by
the wicked. I know I’ve been mistreated
but I carry on, and I worship the Lord God
That’s Davids’ conclusion here