By Steven L. McKenzie
During this much-needed reminder for these suffering to reside trustworthy lives this present day, Steven McKenzie insists that the Bible's actual message leads Christians clear of the evils of racism and narrowness of bigotry to God's imaginative and prescient of humanity and harmony.
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Even against the hated Amalekites, the policy of devotion did not work, and actually became Saul's undoing. The responses contend that at least in some cases this was a good thing. Page 31 4— "A Mixed Crowd": The Ethnic Diversity of Ancient Israel When Israel was in Egypt's land, Let my people go! Oppressed so hard they could not stand, Let my people go! Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt's land. Tell ole Pharaoh, Let my people go! "Thus saith the Lord," bold Moses said, "Let my people go! " Let my people go!
In short, ''foreigners" who reside in Israel have most of the same rights and responsibilities as citizens (16:9–12; 24:14–15). Thus, the "devotion" of the Canaanites and the exclusivism of Deuteronomy is religious rather than ethnic in motivation. So it will be instructive to consider the setting of the Deuteronomistic History before we move to a survey of those instances. The first was the division of the united kingdom following Solomon into the two nations of Israel and Judah. But an even greater threat was the gods, like Baal, who were at home in Canaan and closely tied people's thinking to the cycles that brought fertility to land and animals.
For the moment, however, it is enough to observe that keeping Rahab and her household alive, however many they were, undermines the "devotion'' of Jericho and prevents it from being complete. Only after Achan's sin is confessed (7:16–21), and atoned for by obliterating him, his family, and his property (7:22–26), are the Israelites able to return to Ai and take it (8:1–23). The final result comes in 11:23: Joshua took all the land according to all that Yahweh had told Moses, and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their allotments by their tribes.
All God's Children by Steven L. McKenzie