Understanding God in the Old Testament

"Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’" 1 Samuel 15:2-3

There are events in scripture where we read of God commanding His people to utterly destroy every living thing in a particular city such as in this passage in 1 Samuel. If you are a Christian, what is your response to reading such things? How would you explain this to someone who asks why God would command these things to occur? And even more so, are these things really consistent with the character of the God revealed in the Bible?

Join us as we seek to come to a better understanding of the God of the Old Testament, Who is in reality the same God of the New Testament, and how we should view accounts such a 1 Samuel 15:2-3.

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