READING THE BOOK OF First Chronicles CHAPTER Twenty.
When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.(1 Chronicles 20:7 NIV)
destruction of the wicked
Historical Analysis about holy wars.- It is very complex to try to explain the divine command that ordered the people of Israel to completely destroy the pagan nations. However, the sinfulness of man, and his constant inclination to evil acts caused God to “destroy” the degeneration of mankind. The flood is an example of the judgment of God upon mankind (Genesis 6:1-6). The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:24,25), is another example of God’s judgments anticipated to contain the moral degeneration of the human race. The prophet Isaiah,saw these acts as merciful and forgiving, he tries to explain the destruction of the wicked when he says: For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, as in the valley of Gibeon to be angry,to do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange (Isa 28:21). It is alien to His nature the destruction of the sinner, but the examples of the past should teach us that God loves sinners and wants us to repent, but also establish trial and destruction to those who despise the plan of salvation.
The Ammonites had a year to repent for the treatment given to the ambassadors of David, for this they were completely destroyed. Remember that God extends the time to repent, but God’s grace is boundless.
Goliath and the Philistine giant who had 24 fingers, defied the army and the God of Israel. In both cases one man, David and one of his nephews, were enough to defeat these giants.
Father of justice and mercy: write in our minds the terrible consequences of sin, so that we get away from evil throughs and live each day in spiritual communion with you, our loving father. In the name of Jesus, Amen
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.