My reading this morning was of Joshua 6-10. How should Christians understand the conquest of Canaan? We are not a nation like Israel. We are people from every tribe, tongue and nation on earth. We are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus taught his disciples to not hate their enemies but to love them. (Matthew 5:43-48) So how should a Christian understand the conquest of Canaan, where the sons of Israel hacked to death the inhabitants of the land and did not allow any to survive?
The history of Israel is real history but there is a lesson for the Christian in it. The church of Jesus Christ is not a physical nation as Israel was but a spiritual people. We are guided by the Word and the Spirit. Our home is not this world but in the world that is to come; therefore, we should remember that the historical books are written about a historical people but the Scriptures themselves are Spirit. There is a message for the Christian in the text of the historical books.
Jesus came to save his people from their sins. Salvation from the penalty of sin, the power of sin and the presence of sin. Sin is the enemy of mankind. Jesus defeated sin and death in a human body. Our salvation from sin is already but not yet. Our home is in heaven but we continue to walk on the earth. While walking on the earth the enemy continues to abound. The Christian should not coddle the enemy but should hack the enemy to death. Sin is the enemy of the Christian; therefore, the enemy must be put to death. If there is sin in your life put it to death.
The apostle Paul wrote (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
All sin must be put to death. Sin must not be allowed to live in the Christian’s life but must be put to death. I am not speaking about the sin of other people but of ones own sin. If there is sin in your life hack it to death. Repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ!