from the Monthly Flyer from März 2012
Joshua 10:28 On that day Joshua took Makkedah, and struck
it and its king with the edge of the sword. He utterly destroyed
them; all the people who were in it. He let none remain. He
also did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king
you read such a verse you might think to yourself: "Oh,
how cruel Joshua is, how cruel God is that He allows something
like that to happen." And then to top it all: "Why
is something so terrible written in a book?" There are
things which we firstly only understand when we take a closer
look, rather than just briefly skimming over them. God wants
the following generations to learn from it and also wants to
show us all something.
The different people living in Canaan at that time were so bad
that God killed them. They sacrificed their children on the
altars of their idols; human life had no meaning for them. It
was not the first time that God brought judgment upon mankind,
as a result of being so evil beyond all hope. The people at
the time of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptians, and also
the scripture verse mentioned here, are examples of how God
deals with people who do not want to be told what to do by Him.
The place "Makkedah" means "crooked ways".
God desires that every individual would walk upon His path and
forsake his own "crooked ways".
Jesus says "I am the way, the truth, and the life"
John 14:6. Without Him, not one single person has (eternal)
life. It is necessary that every individual goes this way -
God's way, if he wants to save his or her soul. Religion is
unable to help him or her in this case. Only Jesus is the saviour.
Everything which hinders us to walk this straight way should
immediately be eliminated out of lives. Sometimes it is necessary
to use force, and sometimes it is easy, but whatever - it needs
to be done. It is essential that we understand that God is a
holy God. And this holy God wants His people to be free from
the slavery of sin and the spirit of this world. I.Peter 1:15-16:
"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy
in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye
holy; for I am holy. rw