This is why…
Then it came about, when Jabin king of Hazor heard of it, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon and to the king of Shimron and to the king of Achshaph, and to the kings who were of the north in the hill country, and in the Arabah—south of Chinneroth and in the lowland and on the heights of Dor on the west— to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Jebusite in the hill country, and the Hivite at the foot of Hermon in the land of Mizpeh. They came out, they and all their armies with them, as many people as the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots. So all of these kings having agreed to meet, came and encamped together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.
Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow at this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel; you shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire.” So Joshua and all the people of war with him came upon them suddenly by the waters of Merom, and attacked them. The LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, so that they defeated them, and pursued them as far as Great Sidon and Misrephoth-maim and the valley of Mizpeh to the east; and they struck them until no survivor was left to them. Joshua did to them as the LORD had told him; he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire.
Then Joshua turned back at that time, and captured Hazor and struck its king with the sword; for Hazor formerly was the head of all these kingdoms. They struck every person who was in it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them; there was no one left who breathed. And he burned Hazor with fire. Joshua captured all the cities of these kings, and all their kings, and he struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them; just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded. However, Israel did not burn any cities that stood on their mounds, except Hazor alone, which Joshua burned. All the spoil of these cities and the cattle, the sons of Israel took as their plunder; but they struck every man with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them. They left no one who breathed. Just as the LORD had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.
Thus Joshua took all that land: the hill country and all the Negev, all that land of Goshen, the lowland, the Arabah, the hill country of Israel and its lowland from Mount Halak, that rises toward Seir, even as far as Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon at the foot of Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them down and put them to death. Joshua waged war a long time with all these kings. There was not a city which made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivites living in Gibeon; they took them all in battle. For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, to meet Israel in battle in order that he might utterly destroy them, that they might receive no mercy, but that he might destroy them, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. – Joshua 11:1-20 (NASB)
Many of those who have no Christian belief, who are agnostic or atheist in their point of view, call the God of the Bible cruel and unjust. They use passages such as the one above to decry what they call the heinous nature of a God who would command the annihilation or utter destruction of people. It is there in the Bible, but there’s no reasoning with those who fail to consider why it’s so.
On many occasions the events of the day can give some enlightening reasons why God acted in such a way hundreds of years ago. All the world’s a stage, Shakespeare said, and all the men and women merely players. He said, they have their exits and their entrances, and whereas those whom Joshua came against in the power of God had their time at that time, there are more having their entrances even now.
ISIS thugs viciously murdered a young boy in front of his father, reports say. The vile terror group also raped women while crowds watched and prayed. “ISIS savages cut off a Christian boy’s fingertips in front of his preacher father before crucifying the pair of them, it has been reported. The terror group were trying to force Syrian Christians in a village near Aleppo to convert to their twisted interpretation of Islam. The boy, 12, was the son of a Syrian ministry team leader who set up nine churches in the war-ravaged country.
Though the cast of characters changes on this stage of life, as it were, the motivations don’t. Those gods of aforetime, Molech and Baal, just reinvent themselves into the modern equivalents. It’s the same evil driving different people. The Israelites didn’t eradicate the Canaanites as God had instructed them.
They did not destroy the peoples
as the Lord had commanded them,
but they mingled with the nations
and adopted their customs.
They worshiped their idols,
which became a snare to them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to false gods.
They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was desecrated by their blood.
They defiled themselves by what they did;
by their deeds they prostituted themselves. – Psalm 106:34-39
Just as they didn’t, and they paid the price of their disobedience, even so the Western world is paying the price of their disobedience. It’s really very simple. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. And just in case there may be some who believe the Bible isn’t the singular repository of spiritual truth that it is. That somehow the Koran has words of eternal truth as well.
The verse reads: ‘Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land.’
‘That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.’
Despite this, ISIS chooses to ignore the next passage which emphasizes forgiveness and removes the imperative to use such a punishment, saying: ‘Except for those who return [repenting] before you apprehend them. And know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.’
With such contradictory ideas is it any wonder there are people who work the works of evil?