Wipe Out the Amalekites

“The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.” (1 Samuel 15:17-18)

My response to a legitimate, but nonetheless skeptical, question raised in the Letters page of the London Times:

Sir,   Dr. Jonathan Sacks (Register, August 14) writes that “the God of Abraham is a God of love, not war”. Joshua 11:20 says:   For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the Lord had commanded Moses.   1 Samuel 15:17-18 says:   The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.   Is that really the work of a God of love?   Yours sincerely, STEVEN CARR, Prenton, Birkenhead CH43 0SD. August 14.   The Times, Letters to the Editor August 18, 2004

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Author: K. J. Went

Keywords: Amalekites, Wipe them out, Totally destroy, Saul's disobedience, God is love, God of vengeance, Remember Amalek, Amalek, Extermination, Racial extermination, Wipe out

Bible reference(s): 1 Samuel 15:17-18

Source: Difficult Sayings.

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