For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, that He might utterly destroy them, and that they might receive no mercy, but that He might destroy them, as the LORD had commanded Moses.People often question the Lord's goodness in the face of evil in our society--where is God in all this pain and suffering? Pastor John Piper gives a fairly succinct answer to this question: "Where is God--I'll tell you where He is, He is storing up almighty wrath in fury to pour out on all those who do such evil." Galatians 6:7 states it another way:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
The Lord instigated the conflict in this section of Joshua by hardening the heart of the evil ruler and causing him to do the unthinkable--make war against God's chosen people. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has recently stated again that the holocaust was myth and that Israel should be wiped off the face of the map. The Lord is hardening once again the heart of a ruler from an enemy of Israel. Recent news suggests it will not be much longer before he will receive 'no mercy.'
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