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Moses and the Taliban

In The God Delusion, author Richard Dawkins makes a connection between Moses and the Taliban that must have occurred to some of us as well.

Who among us has not listened with horror to reports of young women being stoned for adultery or for going out in public without head coverings. Some of us may even have been critical of the Taliban when they dynamited the ancient cultural treasures of  150-foot-high Bamiyan Buddhas carved into the mountains of Afghanistan.

Yet, as Dawkins points out, the Taliban themselves claim that their actions against idolatry and other forms of “social evil” are rooted in the ancient commands of Moses and his God.

Readers of the Bible may recognize the connection. Moses did require the destruction of pagan religious statues (Exodus 34:13-17). He required  stoning, and other eye-for-an-eye deterrents, for a wide range of behaviors that, by the standards of our day, seem trivial (Lev 24:11-20). He even called for the death of women and children when dealing with enemies (Numbers 31:15-17).

The Bible’s incidents of extreme punishment, however, do not rest in Moses but in his God. From the first pages of Genesis, the smallest infraction of “eating a forbidden fruit”  was regarded as worthy of death.

Only as the drama of the Bible unfolds does the wisdom of its God  become  apparent. Seemingly insignificant decisions turn out to have disastrous social consequences. With the murder of Abel by his older brother, Moses shows  how small seeds of spiritual distrust led to violence, and in time, to war, human bondage, racial prejudice, arrogance, greed, pornography, and every other social evil.

The record of the Old Testament shows what happens when human nature is not restrained by the fear of God or a legally armed community.

So what is the difference between Moses and the Taliban? Read in context, the details of the  Bible help us understand the difference. In the days of Moses, Israel was a real Theocracy (God-ruled nation). God himself placed controls on the extreme form of punishments he was using to show his people the dangers of  “small and even symbolic sins”. The leadership of Moses was accompanied by the unmistakable power of God; by a cloud by day, by a pillar of fire by night, by manna 6 out of 7 mornings a week, by water out of the rock, and by other obvious, visible signs of the presence of God among his people.

It’s just as important to see from the same Scriptures that when Israel walked away from their God, their government and religious institutions became self-serving and contrary to the public interest. By the time of the New Testament, the religious leaders of Israel were using the moral laws of God in a way that was abusive.

In our day, any form of religious fundamentalism that tries to replicate the days and ways of Moseswithout the accompanying Presence of God will show why even the best of human leaders make bad gods.

While social order, moral policy, and a limited application of justice are essential to any society, the judgment of God can be applied rightly, and wisely, only by God himself.

That’s one reason  the New Testament offers a solution for changed hearts that lies not in the application of law, but rather in a personal acceptance of the grace, mercy, and Spirit of Christ.

So… when the Taliban, or any of us, try to play Moses, might be a good idea to make sure that we have manna on the ground, a pillar of fire overhead, or some other very obvious evidence that we are acting in God’s behalf rather than on our own…

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29 Responses to “Moses and the Taliban”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    This subject involves all the subject matter we have been speaking of these past months. Especialy our last topic “Limited Free Will”

    My first thoughts are directed at the reference of Moses and the Taliban. Instead of Judaism and Islam. It seems that there are a vast difference at the level of comparing Moses, through whom God chose to deliver the Hebrew and give the Law, and the Taliban.
    The Taliban is a group of Islamic fundamentelists who follow their teachers. I have not heard of Taliban Imams demonstating the presense of God through miracles.

    Of what little I do know of Islamic belief. They believe that the Jew perverted the original writtings of Moses and failed to follow God’s Law. So the law was given to them to observe. One difference being anyone who does not obey the law as they see it are to be put to death.

    There is no doubt of the cold hearted brutality in which God delt with people from Genesis through Malachi.

    But with the birth and life of Jesus of Nazareth, there came a new face of God. Jesus spoke of Him as our Father, and talked of His love for us as His children.

    This new presentation of God so angered the Jewish priests and students of the Law, that the death of Jesus was considered a just punishment.

    It would seem that both the Jew as well as the followers of Islam, worship the Law, not the giver of the law.

    Jesus offers something quie different than the law. He offers mercy, forgiveness, and hope.

    As a nation we should and must have laws to control the wayward evil doers. But must also follow Christ’s heart for mercy. And ask God for the wisdom to know when to be merciful and when to be forceful.

  2. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Bob, Yes I did refer to the harsh acts God demonstrated as cold hearted. I am of course refering to the death of every living thing on the face of the earth during the flood of Noah. Making no distiction between man, woman, child or beast.

    When God sent the army of Israelites into the Promised Land they were told to kill everyone. Including women and children. In most cases even the animals.

    Even within the body of Hebrew people, when someone disobeyed, the innocent were killed by Gods hand until saticfaction was fulfilled.

    Yes this sounds cold hearted to me. Not by God’s flying off at the handle but by His design and will. Above my understanding. But seen by me to be cruel. Just as today when I see people suffering and wonder why God allows it. It may be above my understanding, but seen sometimes as cold hearted.

    He didn’t kill me “yet” because He hasn’t wanted to.

    If God had sent another other than Himself to suffer and die on the cross for me. I would have thought that cruel. But He did not. This is what makes Christianity so unique. God took upon Himself the sins of man and died in all our places so we could be forgiven by Himself and reunited in eterity.

    Out of time…..Lots to talk about.


  3. ttl7praz says:

    These days it seems that almost daily there is some tragic event that I’m sure leads many a Christian (including myself) to wonder why doesn’t God do something to put a control on the seemingly over abundance of meaningless tragedys. I myself have compiled a list of “whys” that I would like to ask God on that glorious day when I enter His kingdom. But then I am reminded how great He is versus how menial each of us are individually are and how our finite minds cannot even begin to scratch the surface of His infinite thoughts, wisdom and ultimate agenda. Deuternomy 29:29 puts it best…”The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever that we may follow all the words of this law'”

  4. poohpity says:

    I have vacillated between cruelty and justice from the acts of the old testament. The very little I know of our God and human beings I would opt for human beings being cruel and God being just. Repeatedly in the OT God showed mercy more than being just. After watching people with a bent towards evil continue with their behaviors with no consequences they repeat the crimes and it gets worse not better without an intervention.

    The folks from the exodus were being taught a better way to live. All the rules and consequences had a very important role they stopped people from harming their selves and others. If you look at a child which is very primal and allow behaviors that are damaging they grow from being cute to complete destruction of themselves and others. There is a big difference with our parenting and God’s, He is just and we are motivated by selfishness. To allow behaviors to continue when they harm self and others is ludicrous, the person learns that they are their own world with no thought to others.

    I have suffered consequences to my behaviors over the years they do not harm me they help me grow and learn. If I were to have been rescued from them I would have never changed although it was tough but God helped me through them. We deny our children the ability to depend on God if we continually do for them and it stunts their growth and I love my kids enough to allow them to experience pain it sure does get OUR attention. Nothing changes if nothing changes. I personally want to grow and I want my children to grow and it ain’t for sissy’s just like following the teachings of Jesus and His way of life it is hard but we have a helper and the instruction book. Yea!!!!!

  5. rokdude5 says:

    This is an area that I find troubling where there appears to be a full out genocides in the Old Testament. If a non-believer were to question me on this, all I can say is “I worship an Absolute Loving God who knows the Absolute Truth about everything.” Perhaps those folks were so heinous in their living that God decided to do away with them – completely.

    Here again, I have to resort to mental gymnastics in order to harmonize what occurred in the OT as compared to what Jesus said in Mark 12:29-31 – 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'[b] 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c]There is no commandment greater than these.” I have to resort to letting God be God and Judge.

    Of course, I wonder how Islamic fundamentalists deal with each other since who among us is perfect? You would think they would stone all one another to death.

    Praise God for His Son, Jesus who shown us what it truly mean to be merciful and gracious.

  6. Rick123 says:

    (Isa 11:1-10) God the Father’s theocracy will be reinstituted through Christ Jesus his Son in the world(Age) to come. All nations will be subject unto God the Father’s King, whom he will set up in his holy hill of Zion. In that day He shall stand for an ensign( the pillar of fire and the cloud of glory), to the people of the world and they shall seek it, the desire of all nations. And his rest shall be glorious, in that day many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law,(Torah) and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people:(Zec 14:16-21; Isa 66:22-24; Isa 65:17-25) and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

    This is the good news(massage) of God’s coming kingdom(Government) to earth through Christ Jesus his Son…Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. 2Sa 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever…16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.(Psa 132:12-18)

    Eze 37:24 ¶ And David my servant [shall be] king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince for ever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

  7. BobbiLee says:

    Yes, often in the OT God seems to be harsh to the nation of Israel and other nations. Remember though, Israel was God’s example to the nations of His own character and moral values. If the people of this earth were to understand God, including the promise of Messiah, Israel had to be His spokesperson as it were. Israel never fulfilled her command to call other nations to God. Instead Israel blew it time and again. She never was the evangelizing instrument that God wanted her to be.

    When a nation or individual dishonors God and His value system, God must get tough. I guess it’s the original “tough love” principle. To us today it sounds harsh and unjustified; the same principle holds true though, that whenever a nation or individual is in a leadership position before God accountability is the issue. It is a biblical example that God will take a life if that person continues to dishonor God. I think we all have had the option of obeying God or not. When we don’t our walk to the woodshed might be upcoming. He loves us and this planet too much to allow us to go our own way.

    After all – eternity is at stake.

  8. Your Love Inspires says:

    I find it sad that so many of our politicians who claim to be of the faith fall so short while paying no prices for their misdeeds, and no repentance coming from them on their self righteous pedestals. I am on a seeking journey, currently reading a book entitled “The Family” The Secret Fundamentalism At The Heart of American Power. It has been quite an eye opening read thus far, touching on self serving interpretations of the Old Testament that will sacrifice the masses for “the chosen ones.”

    The word “chosen” has sure become an excuse for abuse.

  9. ygp says:

    The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Ps. 14: 2 & 3). I learn that none of human beings are innocent and right before HIm. He spares the Israelites and us because of His Divine purpose. I still don’t understand why His plan seems so cruel or brutal, but in humbleness I believe that His Divine vission and Divine wisdom will never do error. He knows exactly what He is doing. Why He spares Noah’s family or Israelites or even me. The Taliban do not have Divine vission or wisdon, they just don’t know who to be spared or who to be killed. I agree with Mart that the judgment of God can be applied rightly, and wisely, only by God himself. One thing I learn from His judgement that He is holy, just and love.

  10. Mart De Haan says:

    rdrcomp, sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier.

    In this post I used “religious fundamentalism in a very loose, popular sense…

    While it rightly implies “adherence to a system of basics”, and was originally used to describe a theological movement of the 1920s and 30s that was committed to recovering the foundations of the Bible in the face of rationalistic liberalism, I used it very generally– of a social intolerance that is severely applied– without awareness that such judgment belongs to God.

  11. Mart De Haan says:

    When troubled by descriptions of judgment and violence in the Bible, I often think of Ezekiel 33:11 that reminds us that God does not take pleasure in the death of his enemies.

    In addition, Romans 12:19 urges us not to take retribution in our own hands but to realize that vengeance belongs to the Lord– who alone understands and knows how and when to carry out a justice that reflects his wisdom and goodness.

  12. JeanneM says:

    Why do people have to complicate things so? We are not under the law or condemnation. Jesus came & thankfully, we are under grace & grace only.

  13. Neil Jensen says:

    Hello Mart,
    I think you gave us something VERY good to think about. How we wish the millenium were already here, but this is not the case. Our chief focus aught to be spreading the message of the mercy and grace of Jesus. When we try to play Moses we wind up coming across like Taliban. A real good book to read (which I thought I would NOT like) is “The Myth of a Christian Nation” by Gregory Boyd. It brought me back to my first love. I had replaced my first love with the focus of “saving American from the liberals”. A major distraction from my main mission for sure.
    Neil Jensen

  14. SFDBWV says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the subject and topic. Sorry for me to say I can follow several different paths. All too negative for me to present here. I can get lost in tangents way too often.

    Moses’s goal was to achieve the directives of God. Presented to Him by God Himself.

    The Islamic fundamentalists all think they are doing the will of God. But without the direct interface of God Himself.

    We can all be guility of thinking we are doing the will of God. And as Mart said above, there had better be manna on the ground and a pillar of fire overhead, before we assume too much.

    The nature of God is shown all throughout scripture. If we only look at the OT we can be led to believe God is harsh but tenderhearted to thoes He chooses to be so to. The ballance found in the NT with the person of Jesus of Nazareth. In Him we find the completed nature of God shown. He said so Himself. “You have seen me, you have seen the father”

    I believe that from Adam much of what God had Moses present as laws, were already known and practiced. Resting on the seventh day being just one. But man had followed after his own evil heart and forgotten who God was. God had to reintroduce Himself in a way that man would never forget Him again. So we have the Exodus and from God’s lips to Moses’s hand the first five books of the Bible.

    What do we have from such Islamic groups as the Taliban?


    What does the completed nature of God present through Jesus of Nazareth?

    Life everlasting.

    Not a real tough choice is it.

    Choose Jesus, choose life.

  15. JUDAH12 says:

    You are right in your comparison of the Taliban to Moses. However, God still gives some of us his power, and has shown some us things that prove his existence. This I believe, gives those he has chosen the right to prophesize, heal, and do all manners to bring those who are lost to his kingdom. For you to say that it better be a cloud,pillar of fire, or manna present before someone claims to be sent by God, I disagree. Jesus performed all kinds of miracles, and still was not accepted by Jews then, and now.

  16. drbobfunk says:

    Please check out the Dawkins Delusion book.This small text relates the flawed thinking in this man who says that anyone who believes in God is mentally flawed.

    Israel is the nation God chose many years ago for no other reason than they were small and someone whom He chose to demonstrate His purposes.What father who loves his child would not do it in love.Some of the awful things we see in the Old Testament reveal a close attached and emotional God,rather than that of the cold detached Taliban god.
    It is settled in fate ,if you will,that if one sins,(has that in his nature), that he gets away with it forever,without punishment.
    However there is no offering for sin which changes that in Taliban religion.
    God(Eloihim)did and gave up His Son to a bloody fate at the cross at the hill called calvary to atone for our sins.When we accept that fact in our hearts we change any fate or accepted judgement seen by God.

    God chose Israel for no good reason other than that He sought to be close to them and show them His love,so that they would show that to other nations.It hasnt worked real well,sadly but they still deserve a place as a state with a homeland which many today are denying them.

  17. Donald says:

    Moses showed us the truth that God was HOLY and that the wages of sin is death. Look what happened to the nation when they did not followed God’s express will. Those they did not kill led them into sin. We cannot judge or make judgments about God for who are we??? We are His creation, and not vice versa. Can the pot say to the potter?? I think not. Thank you LORD for giving us Jesus, a better Way, a better hope.

  18. HEY REV says:

    use as application: II Chronoicles 7:14

    1. People who are called by my Name
    2. Humble, pray & seek My face
    3. Turn from wicked ways
    4. I will hear & forgive sin
    5. Heal the land (home/nation)
    6. Than My eyes will be open and My ears
    attentive to the prayers offered.

    Jesus was asked teach us “how to pray”
    Matt 6 & Luke 11 and we use & pray it.
    Why not 7″14. If a very large majortiy of all people put just those two prayers into action we would see a vast difference in what is going on right now. And let me say the same if II Chronicles was followed during & after Solomon”s reign.

    ttl7praz: We do not know if God will answer andy of our questions, and maybe we won’t remember them or even care, BUT if He does let me say here is how I believe it would happen.
    You may have many questions and start with number one, and God answer’s your reply back to Him will be “OH I SEE” because His answer will be absolute truth. Next question’s answer will be the same, and the same and the same till we will realize “GOD HAS A PERFECT ANSWER FOR EVERTHING”
    Nobody is going to stand before Him and say
    “What kind of answer is that”
    OK I shared it a litle corny but hopefully you get the concept. When we just think a little on how this whole universe was put together JUST BY WORDS how much more when we stand before Him and listen to His words than. Let’s listen now.
    Quote” When we pray, we tell God what He
    already knows. When we listen, God
    tells us what we should know.
    Love: Hey Rev

  19. paulruppert says:

    First of all, the article referring Moses and the Taliban are just that, a person’s attempt to make a buck and make a name for himself. We are not even sure Taliban was even in existence in the time of Moses. I’m sure some sort of tribe was there then, but who no’s. Anyway, Taliban is a terrorist organization these days, bent on selling drugs to make a buck instead of feeding the people. Now for a brief on the article, God made a set of laws for a guide for us all, as we get further away from those rules we see the results. Our country is the example. True freedom is following God, anything else is slavery pure and simple. As far as our leaders, I have seen none who would follow truly God’s word, which makes them a failure pure and simple. Today, our leaders, not just our current president but all our leaders all want to be a god. We see it in our churches, all schools, and in our social existence. As far as the way women and all humans are treated, it becomes evident that God is not in our lives. The number of persons who do have God in their lives is getting smaller every day. Think not, ride along with a policeman and see the many wonders of our social network. Don’t just watch a TV show that’s Hollywood, get in the trench with a person who deals with it every day and try to find God out there. Have nice day.

  20. Filosopher36 says:

    As with any comparison, there are more than likely both differences and similarities between philosophies of the Taliban and the God of Moses and Moses. This is as Moses and his God did not always agree and must be separated. One difference between the Taliban and Moses with regard to religious Jihad. And, only some instances may be recalled in his life. Moses (in this case, his God as well) had tolerance, to the point of peace, for outsiders to involved religion. This is if, as SFDBWV stated that the Taliban believe, the Jewish religion did not pervert the truth that has been passed down in the Judeo-Christian ethic.

  21. Rick123 says:

    I believe it is time for the pillar of fire and the cloud of glory to manifest upon God’s people. The Spirit of glory and of Christ will rest upon the congregation, the Spirit of the LORD will cloth(wrap) it self with fire and cloud and will be seen by the congregation in it’s shekinah glory.(A visible manifestation of the divine presence of Christ)

    There will be great and mighty works of the LORD being seen throughout the world, God’s great power will transform peoples life as never seen before. This fire and cloud will ignite as it did of old. And God will weed out all things that are a stumbling block in his kingdom. There will be the great fear of the LORD in God’s people and true love for him.

  22. martinjo1 says:

    As many people try and live out what they say, as the way God has told them to live and to tell others to do the same, we forget about the inspired word of God. Alot of people try to impose their will onto others calling it the will of God, and they will use any and all means to do so. So what must we do in view of this, remember Jesus and His teachings, we must love others as God does without condition, so without judgement in our hearts let us remember to be salt and light to a dark and dying world who by its very nature cannot help itself just as we could not before Christ became real to us and entered our hearts by invitation.

  23. frankh says:

    I just find the subject of killing innocent children because it’s God’s will very troubling. I challenge anyone who’s offered a commentary to go out and kill children because God told them to do so because they were defying “His will.” The wholesale killing of people because they were not God’s people did not reside in Moses or the Israelite leaders and I find that’s an usurpation of God’s prerogative. Since it’s the law of Moses to stone adulterers, why don’t we do it today — it’s biblical isn’t it?

    Granted, man’s evil provoked God to almost exterminate mankind. But this wasn’t a surprise to God, was it? Even before creation, God knew what man was, and is, capable of doing. Christ’s example is a superior example to us on how to live with tolerance, love, compassion, and a desire to serve – rather than kill -others. We still have time.

  24. retiree says:

    “Been Thinking ABout” with Mart and friends. What great interesting subject matter by Mart and the intellectual responses make this the best email I receive each month.

  25. Rick123 says:

    Much has been said about God’s character, but who are we, is not the law giver greater then all and has the right to do as he pleases in heaven and earth.

    Is not he the Creator, who are we to judge his law: Jam 4:11 ¶ Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

    Mat 5:17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    As Jesus dealt with ancient Israel and other nations that he overthrow, so will it be again. When he returns he will seek out to destroy nations, and the nations and it’s people that remain and go into the world(Age) to come that is the thousand year reign of Christ on earth. They that be disobedient will suffer swift punishment or death, so will it be with them that will be born. They will be taught of God’s righteousness and of God’s judgments.

    By Christ Jesus ruling with a rod of iron, it will be the only way to bring order on earth and it’s people, there is no other way. Jesus will not tolerate any rebellion when he is King over the whole earth and it’s people.

  26. foreverblessed says:

    About the so called harshness of God, I read this today, it is the
    July 17, evening meditation of CH Spurgeon:

    “Let none of them escape”
    1 Kings 18:40

    When the prophet Elijah had received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, “Let not one of them escape.” He took them all down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. So must it be with our sins—they are all doomed, not one must be preserved. Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying. Strike, though it be as dear as an Isaac. Strike, for God struck at sin when it was laid upon his own Son. With stern unflinching purpose must you condemn to death that sin which was once the idol of your heart. Do you ask how you are to accomplish this? Jesus will be your power. You have grace to overcome sin given you in the covenant of grace; you have strength to win the victory in the crusade against inward lusts, because Christ Jesus has promised to be with you even unto the end. If you would triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness. There is no place so well adapted for the discovery of sin, and recovery from its power and guilt, as the immediate presence of God. Job never knew how to get rid of sin half so well as he did when his eye of faith rested upon God, and then he abhorred himself, and repented in dust and ashes. The fine gold of the Christian is oft becoming dim. We need the sacred fire to consume the dross. Let us fly to our God, he is a consuming fire; he will not consume our spirit, but our sins. Let the goodness of God excite us to a sacred jealousy, and to a holy revenge against those iniquities which are hateful in his sight. Go forth to battle with Amalek, in his strength, and utterly destroy the accursed crew: let not one of them escape.

  27. daisymarygoldr says:

    Its 8:30 am here and I am on my way to catch another flight. Very interesting topic…can’t comment about the Taliban, for “what concord has Christ with Belial”. I don’t know about you… but as for me, I want to be really careful not to test God asking for Manna, cloud and fire.

    I am already well nourished by God- the Son, Jesus the Heavenly Manna and well protected by the presence of God-the Holy Spirit dwelling within me.

    You are right…It is not the laws of Moses but the Laws of God and God’s Law is Holy and righteous and good and spiritual (Rom 7: 12-14). I agree, “the judgment of God can be applied rightly, and wisely, only by God Himself”.

    Judgment therefore, first begins with me… within the House of God. Hence, every time I break God’s Law i.e. sin, I am quick to judge myself…for, it is better to judge myself than be judged by God because when He judges, it means the chastening rod…and that is not fun.

    …and yes, as a child of God, it is because I no longer live under the requirements of the Law but under the grace of Christ, my life is not mastered by sin. (Rom 6:14). So, I abhor the presence of sin in my life and do not allow it to go unchallenged.

    In case, I did allow it to linger and willfully chose to be overcome by my sins, God does not allow me to continue in sin without chastening because I am His legitimate child.

    God’s Law is Holy and so I strive to offer my life in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness (Rom 6:19). It must be noted that Moses himself came under God’s judgment and was barred from entering the Promised Land because he failed to honor God as holy at the waters of Meribah (Num 20:12)

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