What About The Amalekites? (3)

Understanding that God doesn’t punish the innocent is helpful, but it doesn’t completely clear things up, does it? In fact, it just merges us into the much larger question:  Why do the innocent suffer have to suffer at all?  Why doesn’t God simply punish the wicked and spare the righteous?  Wouldn’t that send a much clearer message toContinue reading “What About The Amalekites? (3)”

What About The Amalekites? (2)

A look at the text God tells Samuel, “I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt,” (v. 2).  You can read about this in Exodus 17:8-16 and Deuteronomy 25:17-19.  Saul observes this part of the command quite carefully as he separates the Kenites from the Amalekites (v. 7).  Whatever else then isContinue reading “What About The Amalekites? (2)”

What About The Amalekites? (1)

What are we to do with texts like 1 Samuel 15:3: Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys. How are we to understand them? A few things seem clear.  The first isContinue reading “What About The Amalekites? (1)”