Rules of War

For cities that were not in the Land of Canaan, the Lord wanted Israel to seek peace with those cities, but, “if the city will not make peace with you, but war against you, then you shall besiege it…Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations” (Deuteronomy 20:12-15).
When they besieged such a city, the Lord told them what to do concerning the males and the plunder of the city.
If the Lord wanted a city removed, Israel had to do it. However, Israel would have conflict with another place, as often happens with nations of the world, then the Lord wanted Israel to seek peace. Yet, as Solomon said there is a time for peace and a time for war.
Let us as God’s people now, do everything we can to seek peace.

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