Friday, October 31, 2014

Samuel Offs Agag

And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
1 Samuel 15:33

In this passage, we see Samuel has come a long way from the days when his mother made him a little garment for her yearly visits. Where is the rebuke for this action? There is none. Samuel acted before the Lord and as a minister of God in cutting up Agag.

Many would say that this is the "God of the Old Testament", a real meanie. Aren't we glad that God does not act this way any more?

As we proudly put medals on the shirts of men who send out drones to blow up innocent people in far away lands. Got another wedding party that might have included a "terrorist". Brave men, not at all like murderous Samuel.

The cognitive dissonance of those who say they live by the Sermon on the Mount, and shrink from the very idea of killing (unless someone else does it), shows how sick and confused we are. Praise to you, Samuel! You got the right man and wielded the sword yourself.

You really needed to know Agag, maybe by reading about him. But there is a way to "justify" God's sentence, and the man who carried it out. We'll just say that Agag was a terrorist!

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