A lot of people base their opinion on: “What would Jesus do (WWJD?”) Would He call for a halt to these news – media hyped stories/pictures (heart rending as they are) of these Hamas women, children and other civilian casualties? From a Biblical example, He would not!
Saul, was the first king over the nation of Old Testament Israel: I Samuel 9:16 “Tomorrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over My people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines (very likely the same people as Palestinians): for I have looked upon My people, because their cry is come unto Me. 27. And as they were going down to end of the city, Samuel said unto Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.” Chap 10:1 “Then he took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over His inheritance?”
Through the prophet Samuel, the LORD God of Israel gave Saul an assignment to go against a Gentile king: I Samuel 15:3 “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and women, infant and suckling, ox and sheep camel and ass.”
Saul failed to fulfill this command from the LORD and was removed from being king over Israel, making way for king David to replace him. (Read the rest of the account in verses 7 through 23 and see the lesson Saul had to learn the hard way. But this also can apply to all of mankind: that obedience to God is of primary importance (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
Now What’s the point in this subject? WHO GAVE THIS COMMAND? Who was this LORD who had led Israel out of slavery from Egypt? The New Testament gives the answer! Most will not like it! I Corinthians 10:1 “Moreover, brethren, I would not have you ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2. And all were baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3. And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4. And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: AND THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST.”
If you can grasp this, the Leader of the Christian faith is shown to be the SAME PERSONAGE as Lord God of Old Testament Israel! He is that ROCK that king David wrote so eloquently about in the Psalms and other places. He is known as the WORD, the Spokesman.
And HE IS GOD, HE WAS GOD! And HE WILL SOON RETURN to planet earth to establish the KINGDOM OF GOD on this earth! I know of no other Scripture that identifies this more clearly than: John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD 2. The same was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. 10. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. 11. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
(Mr. George Trent, the President of the Church of God New World Ministries recently gave an inspiring sermon, “What is Your God?” He explained from the Scriptures, about the DUALITY of the GOD FAMILY; the Father and the Word, “stepping out of eternity” and discussing between themselves, their ultimate GOAL. Genesis1:26 “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: ....” (Plural pronouns) i.e. They were going to increase their FAMILY! (Ephesians 3:14,15) He went on to show the false idea of a “so called” TRINITY. You may order this message from our website)
We’ve now established that Jesus Christ, the Word, was actually the Creator God (Heb. Elohim). But He also has other attributes and Powers:
John 11:21 “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou had been here, my brother (Lazarus) had not died. 22. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24. Martha said unto Him, I know that he shall arise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25. Jesus said unto her, I AM THE RESURRECTION, AND THE LIFE: He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” So Jesus Christ has the a POWER, through the Holy Spirit, to RESURRECT THE DEAD from their grave, whenever THEIR TIME ORDER comes!
WHEN DO THESE PEOPLE, including those “women, infants and sucklings”, that were ordered to be slain, come up in the resurrection?
Surely, no one can make accusations against a perfect, loving, Savior, who willingly gave His Life for the sins of every human being that ever lived, of being unmerciful, uncaring or callous toward those Amalekites!! ABSOLUTELY NOT! The Bible tells us that “God is no respecter of persons”: (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11 and other places.)
THERE ARE 3 GROUP RESURRECTIONS REVEALED IN THE BIBLE
The First Resurrection
The FIRST or better one is mainly shown in I Corinthians 15:21 “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ (1st) shall all be made alive.23. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s (1st again) AT HIS COMING. You may want to read various Scriptures in the Book of Revelation, to get a clearer picture of the reward of those in this first resurrection: (Rev. 3:26; 5:10; 11:15; 20:4—6; several place in the Old Testament show the reign of Jesus Christ, with the resurrected “saints” assisting Him.
The Second Resurrection
Let’s now focus on the SECOND RESURRECTION : Revelation 20:5 “But THE REST OF THE DEAD lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” So what is THEIR RESURRECTION (2nd) like? What is their ENVIRONMENT? Ezekiel 37:1 “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. 2. and caused me to pass by them round about: and behold they were very many in the open valley; and lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live (again)? And I answered, O LORD God, thou knowest. 4. Again he said to me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD 5. Thus saith the LORD God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.” Then follows the account of, obviously, a PHYSICAL RESURRECTION, not to a spirit state of being, as we saw in the better first resurrection. It describes “sinews”, “flesh”, “skin”. Then it identifies this great mass of people as “these bones are the WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL:” They’re described as: Romans 11:7 “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election (those called to be Christians) hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8. (according as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear ;unto this day. 25. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this MYSTERY, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.”
So according to God’s Great Master Plan, most people, including Israel, have been blinded to the Truth of what God is doing here on this planet earth. (Rev. 12:9) In comparing Israel’s sins to the Gentiles, God condemns them as being worse than those nations, because Israel had been taught better. Ezekiel 16:47 “Yet hast thou not walked after their (Gentile) ways, nor done after their abominations: but as if that were a very little thing, thou were corrupted more than they all in thy ways.”
Then, as we read about the House of Israel being resurrected back to a physical life, in Chapter 37, so shall the Gentiles, including Sodom and the Northern House in Samaria, will be brought back to their “former estate” or physical existence. Verse 55 “When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.”
In closing, you hopefully, can see that it was not a CRUEL ACT on the LORD’S (Christ’s) part in ordering the slaying of those Amalekites. Like so many groups on this earth today, they have a perverted desire to kill everyone else that do not conform to their religious ideologies. They seem to be bent upon destruction and mayhem.
The Third Resurrection
In this present evil world, you can’t persuade them that their ways are evil and wrong. So the best solution is to someday give them an opportunity to learn the RIGHT WAYS OF GOD, to put them to sleep (slay them) and resurrect them in an unbelievably beautiful WORLD TO COME (Hebrews 2:5 and many, many other places). Thank God for His wisdom and love in devising His awesome and wonderful PLAN!
I hope everyone now better understands WHY Christ ordered king Saul to end the lives and sufferings of those Amalekites. He did it OUT OF LOVE for their ultimate good and future opportunity to be in the very Family of God!
For brevity sake we will not discuss the third resurrection here. You may read about it in the article titled, “The Baptism of Fire.”