This Sunday at 10:30am on our via our Facebook page we will continue our exploration of tricky texts in the Bible and trying to find some HOPE in them.
This week we will be asking about God and violence and thinking about the ancient Israelites taking the Promised Land by force. (This was used as theological justification for apartheid in South Africa – for the ‘chosen’ white people to take the land from the ‘Canaanite’ non-white people. So Heston is glad that we are tackling this within days of South Africa’s annual Freedom Day on 27 April)
Here are the two readings we’ll use on Sunday to compare and contrast!
Moses said: When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess, he will drive out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— and when you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them, for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you. This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.Deuteronomy 7:1-6
Jesus said: You have heard it said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. So that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.Matthew 5:43-45
Everyone and anyone is welcome to join with us on Facebook at 10:30am on Sunday morning (you can catch up later if you wish), whether you are a Hittite, Girgashite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite, Jebusite, English, European or even South African! We promise we won’t be applying the Deuteronomy passage to you!
And if you wish to follow or join in then download one of the two sheets below: