This chapter deals with the conquest of the north. We have a sense of desert here. It says “for it was of the lord that he hardened their hearts”. None of the kings of the north made peace with the Israelites. They were all destroyed.
Reminds me of exodus… alternating references to pharaoh have him hardening his heart or God doing it. Free will or predestination? Constantinople or Istanbul?
There is a conflicting feeling of relief when you get to the last verse, which after a long period of battle, says that Israel rested from war.
Phew, don’t have to read about killing any more! Ouch, what does that mean?
Hooray for hymns and songs.
To everything there is a season. A time to kill and a time for peace.
Guide me oh thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.
I wonder if I’m coming down with the flu. My brain is not working as it generally does.