Is Our Nation Ripe For Judgment?

Is Your Nation Ripe For Judgment?

The people of Canaan, whom God commanded to be killed, were being punished just like Sodom and Gomorrah was punished and like the world in Noah's day was punished. The whole earth had become corrupt in Noah's time with iniquity of all kind including violence "And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times,...And the earth was corrupted before God, and was filled with iniquity." (See Genesis 6). The Canaanites  were indulging in degrading sexual sins and Satan worship (see Leviticus 18). And so "the land itself vomited them out". (Leviticus 18:24-25). Deuteronomy 9:4 and 18:10-12 give us clear reasons as to why God destroyed the Canaanites. “Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you....There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you."

Where there are polluting influences in any nation that defile and corrupt the land, the only thing to do is to punish such a nation by eliminating the people - lest their influence spread and corrupt others as well.

A God of love destroys some people just like a kind doctor amputates a man's foot when the gangrene in his foot is so severe that it threatens to destroy the whole body. If you saw a doctor sawing off somebody's leg, and did not understand medicine, you would imagine that the doctor hated that man. But actually the opposite would have been true. The doctor was doing it in love. God also acts in love for the world when He cuts off certain people who would otherwise corrupt it.

Wiping out the world's population at the time of the flood was an act of love, so that the human race could be preserved without being totally controlled by demons.

The apostle Paul once smote a man with blindness because he was leading another person astray (Acts 13:8-12). So what we read of in the book of Joshua was not the murder of the Canaanites. It was surgery for the world.

Many years earlier, when Abraham was living in Canaan, there were Ammorites there. Another name for Canaanites. But God did not destroy the Ammorites then. God waited for over 400 years, because, as He told Abraham, "the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete at that present time." (Genesis 15:16). In other words, they were not ripe for judgement at that time.  We pluck fruit when they are ripe. God also waits for man's sin to become ripe for judgment, before He judges. He judged Sodom and Gomorrah when their sin was ripe. So too with the Canaanites.

After Israel had occupied Canaan for 700 years, when they committed the same sins as the Canaanites, God drove them out of the land too. The Assyrians came and captured them. One hundred and twenty-five years later, when Judah, the southern kingdom, rejected the messages of God's prophets and ripened for judgment, God sent the Babylonians to destroy them too. God is not partial. Whether it be the Canaanites or the Israelites or the people of Judah, His standards are the same.

If His people keep on violating His standards and ignoring His Church, He performs the same surgery on them too.

God does the same with us too. If God were to excuse your sin, it would prove that He did not love you. If a father were to allow his children to live with their diseases, it would prove that he did not really love his children.

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