faith to destroy

marmsky March 2018 (21)

faith to destroy

devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2327

Numbers 21:1-3

Num 21:1 When the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, he fought against Israel, and took some of them captive.
Num 21:2 And Israel pledged a solemn pledge to Yahveh and said, “If you will really give this people into my hand, then I will devote their cities to destruction.”
Num 21:3 And Yahveh heeded the voice of Israel and gave over the Canaanites, and they devoted them and their cities to destruction. So the name of the place was called Hormah.

faith to destroy

I’m thinking about the solemn pledge that the Israelites made. They promised to destroy the cities occupied by the king of Arad and its people. The vow could be taken as simply the rage of vengeance. But I think there’s more to it.

Completely destroying the cities may actually have been an act of faith. Rather than looting them, they sought to wipe out their influence completely. They trusted God for the strength and time to build new cities.

LORD, give us the faith to change the landscape around us, wiping out all that does not conform to your will… trusting you to give us strength to build upon your foundation.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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