This time is like the time of Noah.
Many people who study the Bible from a modern perspective, come to the conclusion that God is not just. The Israelites (all twelve tribes of them) conquered many cities. Many of those cities were completely wiped out, as in every single person destroyed. Some of us stop, and ponder on the terrifying images of bloodshed. I know, because I have struggled immensely with conflicting thoughts concerning the justice in those scenarios. I could not understand why God would instruct His people not to kill, and tell them to shed innocent blood. Obviously, children were also killed. Can any of you relate?
Countless people can. Richard Dawkins, one of the most famous current atheists, uses exactly this point to disqualify biblical moral standards.
The supposed argument may seem valid, but is it accurate? The Canaanites were among the heathen tribes who practised human sacrifice. They literally burned their first born children for their false man-made idol, named molech. I can’t even spell the name with a capital letter, it’s just wrong. They did it to be blessed or whatever. This is cruel! Is it worse to kill all of them so that the wicked practises can stop?
Some of those mothers probably hated that idol. Some people, who were forced to practice pagan human butchery, who could not stand the injustice of the clay gods, probably wanted out. Were they doomed? I think not. Some Egyptians merged with Israel. Rahab merged with Israel. In order for her to become part of Israel, she obviously had to quit her prostitute profession. Whoring is not tolerated in the Word the Israelites were instructed to obey. There is so much grace. Did you know that Yeshua’s (Jesus) bloodline can be traced back to Rahab, the former prostitute of Jericho? Yeshua also had compassion. He instructed the almost convicted harlot to go and sin no more. He did not stone her.
Ruth was a Moabite. The Moabites also committed vicious crimes, in the name of idolatry. She could have stayed in Moab, but she chose to submit under the authority of the Israelite God, YHVH. Yeshua can also be traced back to her bloodline.
These are only some of the many examples of how people who did not have Israeli blood flowing through their veins, are counted among God’s people. Therefore, it is safe to say that God is looking at obedience, not physical blood. Yeshua even said that God is able to turn stones into children of Abraham. Abraham, himself, distanced himself from his cultural believes, and chose to follow YHVH.
There is one more issue left, do we know more about righteousness than God? God is Righteousness. He invented right-ruling in order for people to live in harmony. Those laws were also intended to be practised fairly. There was a juridical system. There had to be more than one witness. In tough cases, Moses, who had access to God, were asked to judge. Those were the Supreme Court cases. Love was always supposed to be evident in the ways the laws of that society were to be practised. He even told His people to love Him and to love one another. When you study the law in context, you will see the love and justice in it.
The fragmented pieces of righteousness we possess, are from Him. I, as a created being refuse to question my God, YHVH any longer, for He is good, He is righteous, He is LOVE. He is slow to anger, and rich in love. He gets angry, but He does not just act out of sudden wild wrath.
For the parents out there, do your children sometimes think you’re unfair when you lay down a righteous rule? God is risen far above us, His thoughts are deeper and His ways are higher. He knows best.
If you rebel because you think you know what is fair or better, you are choosing the god of lies, the god of injustice and cruelty. This is true for those who distance themselves from any form of religion as well. If we are not all for Him, we are against him. You seriously do not want to belong to the dark kingdom of chaos and injustice!
We don’t even like to live in countries where corruption rules. Why would we not love God’s just love laws? We are not saved through laws, but when Yeshua saved us, we can choose if we want to be obedient or disobedient children. For the past few years, I would rather want to do what my Heavenly Daddy ask of me. I am not saying I am perfect, not even close. But boy, I love His ways! King David also came to love His ways, and he turned away from his own ways. Psalms is full praises for God’s righteousness.
This fallen world was never the purpose of YHVH. Adam and Eve chose to rebel. Will you choose rebellion or obedience? Will you choose the Word of God above tradition? Will you choose life over death, will you choose Yeshua? The truth is in His name, Yeshua, meaning YHVH is salvation. Allow Him to save you, then allow Him to transform you.
It will soon be too late, so I urge you to grab Life with both hands!
If there are questions, feel free to comment.