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Hard Stuff
Posted on August 26, 2010

What do you do with hard stuff in the Bible? In the series of Blog entries on demanding (here, here, and here) we looked at 1 Samuel 15 where in verse 3 Samuel instructs Saul on behalf of God to wipe out Amalek. By wipe out, leave nothing alive. Extermination was the goal and the command. Some people responded to that, especially the part where it was specified that the command included infants. There was response on the website and I got some email about the issue. What do you do with that? I posted this on or about the day that I first held my newborn granddaughter. She is totally helpless and innocent, yet those like her in Amalek were under a death sentence from God through Samuel.


I thought it might be a useful exercise to use this as a way to examine how we can and should deal with difficult passages in the Bible. There are more than a few. The process we will follow will take some time and will require some deep thought and some work on those who wish to participate. It will take several of these posts spread over several weeks. If you stick with it I will equip you to handle just about any of the difficult issues you find in scripture.


The first step is to be transparent about how this command of God impacts you. How do you react to it? What questions does it raise about God for you? How does this command align with your view of God? Perhaps it makes you think that Samuel got it wrong? Think through this and let me know either by posting below or sending me an email directly. I would prefer that you post here so that all can see your responses. If you would rather not have them see it I will use your response anonymously should you send it by email.


The next step will be to summarize the responses, I will explain why that is important in that post. I will wait a few days to summarize to allow people time to read and think through this. If you think that others could benefit from this please forward me their email or have them sign up for the e-newsletter on the website.


I am looking forward to seeing how this exercise plays out.


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