Under Gods Command
Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites

Judges 1:4-6 When Judah attacked, the LORD gave the Canaanites and Perizzites into their hands and they struck down ten thousand men at Bezek. It was there that they found Adoni-Bezek and fought against him, putting to rout the Canaanites and Perizzites. Adoni-Bezek fled, but they chased him and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and big toes. Then Adoni-Bezek said, “Seventy Kings with their thumbs and big toes cut off have picked up scraps under my table, Now God has paid me back for what I did to them, (Lev 24:19 If anyone injures his neighbor, whatever he has done must be done to him) “They brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

The maiming of Adoni-Bezek was one example in a long string of actions that demonstrated Israel’s tendency to disobey God’s instructions by only giving partial obedience. Enemy Kings were supposed to be executed, not humiliated. This defeated king recognized God’s righteous punishment more clearly than God’s people acknowledge God’s commands. When we understand what God tells us to do, we run great danger if we don’t carry out both the letter and the spirit of his words.

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