May 22, 2018

I believe that Numbers Chapter 31 is a preview of what will happen when the Lord comes back to bring judgment on those who will not bow their knee to him. They will be wiped out. Sin will be done away with. Those that lure people into sin will be done away with. It will be the Lord’s war just like wiping out the Midianites was the Lord’s war. It was his vengeance taken out on those deserving of it.

Always remember that God is good and he does everything from His good heart. The Midianites had seduced God’s people to sin and they had been living as a sinful nation for a long time. The Lord figured that they had had enough time to repent of their ways and yield their allegiance to Him. Because God knows everything we must assume that they were never going to yield and consequently judgment came. If God leaves them around then they entice more people to sin and they have offspring that they will raise to sin. We out of the goodness of our hearts put our pets down when they are in incurable pain. The Midianites were in incurable pain to themselves and others and God out of the goodness of His heart put them down.

God is the author and giver of life so he can decide when to give it and when to take it.

Genesis 18:25 (NLT) — 25 Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”

Exodus 33:19 (NLT) — 19 The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.

Romans 9:15–16 (NLT) — 15 For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” 16 So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.

Romans 12:19 (NLT) — 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

 

Numbers 31:18 (NLT) — 18 Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.

It has been groundlessly asserted, that Moses here authorised the Israelites to make concubines of the whole number of female children; and an insidious objection against his writings has been grounded upon this monstrous supposition. But the whole tenor of the law, and especially a statute recorded in De. 21:10–14, proves most decisively to the contrary. They were merely permitted to possess them as female slaves, educating them in their families, and employing them as domestics; for the laws concerning fornication, concubinage, and marriage, were in full force, and prohibited an Israelite even from marrying a captive, without delays and previous formalities; and if he afterwards divorced her, he was to set her at liberty, ‘because he had humbled her.’ Le. 25:44. De. 20:14; 21:10–14. 2 Ch. 28:8–10. Is. 14:2.

Blayney, B., Scott, T., & Torrey, R. A. with Canne, J., Browne. (n.d.). The Treasury of Scripture knowledge (Vol. 1, p. 118). London: Samuel Bagster and Sons.

Our God is good and we can trust that everything He does is from this good heart even though we may not understand all of what he does. Always remember the following verses when it comes to understanding God.

Isaiah 55:8–9 (NLT) — 8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

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