To Know War

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 3-5.
Israel did not obliterate all the nations in Canaan as the Lord commanded Israel and since they did not do that, He did not remove them either. He left them in the land that Israel might know something and Judges 3 reveals what God wanted them to learn, “Now these are the nations which the LORD left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it), namely, five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath” (Judges 3:1-3). Israel should have known lasting peace, but since they did not remove the peoples completely from the Land of Canaan, Israel would have to know war. They would have to know war to be able to contend with their enemies left in the land and they would have to know war that they might see the consequences of their obedience.
Friends, it is always best to obey the Lord fully. Watch yourself and see whether you start to obey the Lord and then stop, fooling yourself into believing that at least you did what you did.

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