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Wars of the Israelites

Wars of the Israelites

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



Deutebonomt viL 2-4.

Thou shall smite them, and utterly destroy them ; thou shalt make no
covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them : neither shalt thou
make marriages with them ; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto
hds son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they
wiU turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other
gods.
BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



Deutebonomt viL 2-4.

Thou shall smite them, and utterly destroy them ; thou shalt make no
covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them : neither shalt thou
make marriages with them ; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto
hds son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they
wiU turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other
gods.

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WARS OF THE ISRAELITESBY THOMAS AROLD, D.D.Deutebonomt viL 2-4.Thou shall smite them, and utterly destroy them ; thou shalt make nocovenant with them, nor show mercy unto them : neither shalt thoumake marriages with them ; thy daughter thou shalt not give untohds son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For theywiU turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve othergods.There is, perhaps, no point on which the weakness of human nature is more clearly shown, than in the difficultyof treading the right path between persecution on the onehand, and indiflFerence to evil on the other. For althoughwe are, it may be, disposed according to our several tem-pers more to one of these faults than to the other ; yet Ifear it is true also that none of us are free from the dangerof falling into them both. ot certainly that this canhappen at the same time, and towards the same persons ;but if we have to-day been too violent against the personsof evil men whom we do not like, this is no securityagainst our being to-morrow much too forbearing towardsthe practices of evil men whom we do like ; because we areall apt to respect persons in our judgment and in our feel-ings; sometimes to be too severe, and sometimes tooindulgent, not according to justice, but according to ourown likings and dislikings.or is it respect of persons only which thus leads usWARS OF THE ISRAELITES. 25astray, but also our own particular sympathy with, or
 
disgust at, particular faults and particular characters*Even in one whom we may like on the whole, there maybe £Ekults which we may visit too hardly, because they areexactly such as we feel no temptation to commit. Andagain, in one whom we dislike on the whole, there mayfor the same reason be faults which we tolerate too easily,because they are like our own.There is yet a third cause, and that a very commonone, which corrupts our judgment. We may sympathizewith such and such faults generally, because we are our-selves inclined to them ; but if they happen to be committedagainst us, and we feel the bad effects of them, then weare apt to judge them in that particular case too harshly.Or again, we may rather dislike a fault in general, butwhen it is committed on our own side, and to advance ourown interests, then in that particular case we are temptedto excuse it too readily.There are these dangers besetting us on the right handand on the left, as to our treatment of other men's faults.And if we read the Scriptures we shall find, as might beexpected, very strong language against the error on eitherside. A great deal is said against violence, wrath, un-charitableness, harsh judgment of others, and attemptingor pretending to work God's service by our own bad pas-sions ; and a great deal is also said against tolerating sin,against defiling ourselves with evil doers, against preferringour earthly friendships to the will and service of God.Of these latter commands, the words of the text, andother such passages relating to the conduct to be pursuedby the Israelites towards the nations of Canaan, furnish uswith most remarkable instances. We see how strong andpositive the language is : ^ Thou shalt smite them, andutterly destroy them ; thou shalt make no covenant mththem, nor show mercy to them : ' and the reason is given.
 
26 WARS OF THE ISRAEIJTES.li^UHk * For they will turn away thy son from following me, thatthey may serve other gods.' It is better that the wickedshould be destroyed a hundred times over, yea, destroyedwith everlasting destruction, than that they should temptthose who are as yet innocent to join their company. Andif we are inclined to think that God dealt hardly with thepeople of Canaan in commanding them to be so utterlydestroyed, let us but think what might have been our fete,and the fate of every other nation under heaven at thishour, had the sword of the Israelites done its work moresparingly. Even as it was, the small portions of theCanaanites who were left, and the nations around them, sotempted the Israelites by their idolatrous practices, thatwe read continually of the whole people of God turningaway from His service. But had the heathen lived in theland in equal numbers, and still more, had they inter-married largely with the Israelites, how was it possible,humanly speaking, that any sparks of the light of God'struth should have survived to the coming of Christ ?Would not the Israelites have lost all their peculiar cha-racter, and if they had retained the name of Jehovah as of their national Grod, would they not have formed as un-worthy notions of His attributes, and worshipped Himwith a worship as abominable as that which the Moabitespaid to Chemosh, or the Philistines to Dagon ? So hadAbraham been called from out his native country in vain ;and Israel had in vain been brought out of Egypt with amighty hand, and fed with the bread of heaven in thewilderness ; the witness to God's truth would have per-ished ; the whole earth would have been sunk in darkness ;and if Messiah had come. He would not have found onesingle ear prepared to listen to His doctrine, nor one single

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