In February sixteen guests and five of us gathered together to explore the meaning and message of Joshua. As we shared expectations, many asked about the ‘wars of Yahweh’.
We looked at it in the context of the whole Bible. God spoke to Abraham about a full measure of iniquity (Gen 15:6). The wars cannot be rightly designated as genocide, because ethnicity wasn’t the motivation. God was stopping the malicious and destructive work of sin.
The NT speaks at least as much about judgment as the OT; a great comfort to all those who experience injustice: God will put things to rights! And the last thought for now: God was setting up his Kingdom of righteousness and peace. He created a holy place, for holy people, so through them He could show Himself to be the life-giving Holy One. Not only to Israel, but to all the earth.
Does this settle things? Not fully, but we can position the wars better. And put our trust in the King of all the earth. It’s true that our faith seeks understanding, yet knowing and trusting God far exceeds understanding all things.
This event was a so called weekend Bible seminar. In three days you will be taken through one book of the Bible while you develop Bible study skills. Together we think about the meaning of the text and look for applications in today’s context. The weekend Bible seminars are organized by the Biblical Studies Center.