Hey all…here is this week’s Community Worship Night sermon…
Sermon: Christ Devoted to Destruction
Text: Joshua 6.1-25
It’s funny how we as Christians turn difficult and violent Biblical tales into children’s songs – think “Arky, Arky,” about God’s judgment on the earth and his saving of Noah. Or, “The Walls of Jericho,” a song about the walls of Jericho coming down, which fails to mention what happened after - the slaughter of all living things.
What do we make of this slaughter? What do we make of the command of God to “devote to destruction” all living things of Jericho? Christians have had three responses:
1. This a mystery. No two ways about it, God will somehow sort it all out.
2. We should not judge God’s ways. Just because he ordered the destruction of entire populations (what we call “genocide” these days) doesn’t mean he was wrong.
3. Don’t pay attention to the blood and gore. This is the children’s song approach.
But what if there is another way to think of this? What if this story shows us something else about God?
Find out by listening!