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Saturday, October 6, 2012

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Looking at a lot of the Old Testament and specifically this chapter, it causes many people to wonder whether God is for war or against it. In God’s holy Word, why lay down the principles of warfare? They are God’s emergency measures that reflect the depths to which humanity has fallen. Wars are the ultimate manifestation of man's selfishness, greed, pride, and competitive spirit and have caused untold suffering throughout history. God hates war but in this chapter He gives guidelines to diminish some of the sad results.

One day, the ultimate Peacemaker was born in Bethlehem. His life was cut short in his early thirties. It was He who said, “I and my Father are one,” and He also said, “Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.”

Wars have been around for a long time. The controversy that was started in heaven by Lucifer against the character and government of God is the only way to understand what God is like and to put earthly warfare into context. Satan was expelled from heaven during the first and greatest of all wars (Revelation 12:7-10). The second significant battle that Satan lost was at the cross where he could not overcome Jesus. The final significant battle will be waged against God’s commandment-keeping remnant. The result? God and His people triumph. Satan is the loser.

Maybe we don’t go to war, but we do need to eliminate all revenge that creeps unsuspectingly into our behavior.

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong