Outline of Sermons • Fact Or Fiction? • Sin Isn’t Funny, Ask Achan! • Does God Condone Lying? • Whose Plans Are Best? • Amazing Grace! • Faith Is The Victory! • Would A Loving God Destroy Women & Children?
Would God Destroy Women & Innocent Children? The Fall Of Jericho
The Character Of God • Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face. • Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. • Psalm 119:68 You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes. • Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
But What About… • Deuteronomy 7:1-5 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, 2 and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.
3 Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. 4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. 5 But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire.
Jericho • Joshua 6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
The Patience Of God • Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” • How long had it been since that promise to Abraham? • 500 years!!
The Justice Of God • Archaeological discoveries, such as those at Ugarit, have revealed the corruptness of the Canaanite nations. • In the Canaanite religion El was the chief god and Baal was his son. These were “gods” who had absolutely no concept of morality. • In a poem known as “The Birth of the Gods,” El is said to have seduced two women, and horrible sexual perversions are associated with his name. He married three of his own sisters—who also were married to Baal. He is represented as practicing vile sex acts and influencing others to do likewise.
In the Canaanite religion, homosexuals and prostitutes were employed to raise money for the support of the temples. It is not an exaggeration to say that these pagans elevated sex to the status of a god [that sounds rather modern, doesn’t it?]. • The Canaanite religion was a horribly brutal system as well. For instance, the goddess Anath is pictured as killing humans by the thousands and wading knee-deep in blood. She cut off heads and hands and wore them as ornaments. And in all of this gruesomeness, the Baal-epic says that her liver was swollen with laughter and her joy was great.
Funerary jars have been found with the bodies of young children distorted by suffocation as they struggled for life after having been buried alive as a sacrifice to Canaanite gods. Such young children have been found in the foundation pillars of Canaanite houses, and sometimes religious ceremonies were associated with their sacrifice (Wilson, 1973, p. 85). • Professor Kenneth Kitchen was correct when he remarked that the “Canaanite religion appealed to the bestial and material in human nature” as evinced by the Ugaritic texts and Egyptian texts of Semitic origin (see Douglas, 1980, 1:234.). (All Taken From Apologetics Press).
The Love Of God • Deuteronomy 20:18 that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so would ye sin against Jehovah your God. • Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, art in no wise least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come forth a governor, who shall be shepherd of my people Israel. • Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah; as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests.
God & Children • First, understand that making bad choices not only affects us, but those around us! • Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for to such belongeth the kingdom of heaven. • Colossians 1:15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
In View Of Eternity • This is no-longer such a problem. • Children often adopt pagan practices of parents! • These children were spared a life of misery and an eternal punishment!
The Sovereignty of God • Psalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s, And He rules over the nations. • Psalm 33:10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. • Psalm 66:7He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. • Isaiah 40:15Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing.
The Sovereignty of God • Isaiah 40:17All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless. • Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. • Psalm 33:12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Summary Patience Love • We don’t serve the God of man’s imagination! • We serve the God of the Bible! • He is a God of…. Judgment Justice Longsuffering
Salvation • Psalm 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.