Lazaroo – Friday, January 14, 2011

Jan 14, 2011 I Lazaroo.


Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, with informed trust:

“During Saul’s reign they waged war against the Hagrites, who were defeated at their hands; they occupied the dwellings of the Hagrites throughout the entire region east of Gilead.”
(1 Chronicles 5:10)

Forgive me, Jesus…but when I read accounts like this

they sound so barbaric.

Here Your people come –

attacking, annihilating, displacing their enemies.

Enemies or not –

the other guys were there first.

We’re not just talking about soldiers who lost a battle –

we’re talking women, children and the elderly
who were killed outright or had to run for their lives.

Okay.

Not second-guessing You.

I’m certain You ordered the extermination of these people for a reason.

It might not be a reason I can fully grasp –
which affects my ability to emotionally – even intellectually –
agree with it.

But if there’s one thing I know:

it’s that You know best.

Bottom line?

that’s good enough for me.

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1 Samuel 16:7; Psalms 25:4-5; Psalms 94:8-13; Psalms 119:15-16; Proverbs 16:25; Isaiah 46:10; Isaiah 55:8-11; Jeremiah 1:5-8; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20; Philippians 1:21-22

What is Lazaroo?

Take Me Deeper

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

5 responses so far.

  1. RM Says:

    Yes, thought provoking .. in that time it was Gods people killing the enemy. In the not to distant future it could the enemy killing His people .. we know our nation and “us” the people of this nation .. Christians and non-Christians allowing all this evil to pile up as it has. .. we have been sleeping, busy living our lives in our fruitful ? existence. God allowed His people before to go to death or into slavery. I pray we have more time to see more souls come into eternal safety with Him. And pray we stay strong in our faith and our obedience to Him in every way.

  2. Joanne McGarrh Says:

    Thank you, Pastor Steve for your brutally honest questions that you posed. I believe alot of us wrestle with the same hard questions. Passages like these make me so thankful for God’s grace and for “the favor of the Lord” that came with the birth of Jesus. Sometimes I think we just don’t grasp the holiness of God and his sovereignty. As the book of Isaiah says that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. I believe we just have to leave it at that.

  3. Steve Says:

    But you know what? The God of the New Testament is the same God of the Old Testament. Our problem is our understanding is so limited. We find fault with God when the fault lies in ourselves. As God, He DOES have the right to say who lives and who dies. Nor is death the worst that can happen to someone – not by a long shot. The point of today’s Lazaroo is to admit we struggle because we just don’t know enough…and then to place all our trust in God, because He knows what we don’t.

  4. Jeff Says:

    Yes, this is a hard concept. Not only does it fly in the face of what WE believe God is and/or should be, but it also gives rise in the kooks that “hear from God” and then go on a shooting rampage.

    When challenged from the world with this concept in wake of some tragedy (like, perhaps, recently in Arizona), Christians, in the light of Bible passages like this, do not have a world leg to stand on. Therefore, the credibility of the small parts, in the world’s eyes, damages the whole message.

  5. Judy Crandall Says:

    This is one of the things that really bothers me about the Bible — it talks about we shall not kill and then the children of God run around killing everybody that was in their way. I have problems with the OT because of these contradictions. I am much more comfortable with Jesus and his commandments because he never contradicted himself or played the hypocrite. I’ve read the whole NT and got much joy and spiritual growth from it; now am starting on the OT and it confuses me. You shalt not kill, unless God tells you to. Doesn’t make sense to me because my God isn’t like that.

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