Why Did God Command Israel to Go to War?

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

God's command for Israel to execute total war on the Canaanites has a rational—and yes, Christian—explanation. He is not cruel; there is a benevolent reason.


The Sixth Commandment (Part 2): War! (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

A reason lies behind the devastating wars that have plagued mankind since the beginning. The reason is simple: Men have broken the sixth commandment!


God's Simple Commands

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

God puts His commands in such clear terminology that no one can retort with 'yes, but....' We continue to sin because we do not really believe what He says.


A Time for War

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God allowed ancient Israel to go war, and when Christ returns, His first act will be to wage war against the nations. When God-led, war can bring peace.


Do You See God in Deuteronomy?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God displaced the Amorites because they had defiled the land; not one righteous person existed. Israel was warned not to defile themselves with demonism.


To the Third and Fourth Generation

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

When we yield to God, He no longer holds us accountable for the misdeeds of our ancestors. His mercy comes on those who love Him and keep His commandments.


Searching for Israel (Part Five): Solomon and the Divided Kingdom

Article by Charles Whitaker

God divided Solomon's kingdom between Israel and Judah, but promised that a king of Judaic lineage will always rule Israel—another key to finding Israel.


The Doctrine of Israel (Part One): Origins

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Because Abraham trusted God, his descendants have received unprecedented blessings. If the Israelites would have kept God's law, they would have served as a model.


Israel's Immigration Problem

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Economically, the alien has enslaved modern Israel by becoming the lender, putting an iron yoke around the necks of the people in the host nations.


Deuteronomy (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sanctification is an incremental process in which we systematically destroy the sin within us as our forebears were asked to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan.


Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Gibeonites' subterfuge succeeded because Israel's leaders, including Joshua, failed to check in with God, and in time, that failure cost them dearly.


David and the Gibeonites

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Saul tried to placate God by massacring Gibeonites. Later, David yielded to the Gibeonites' by hanging Saul's descendants to avenge the slaughter. God was not pleased.


Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Gibeonites fashioned masterful disguises and played their parts exactly right to achieve their goal. God warns us about deception because it works!


The High Places (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

God points out four kings of Judah who did not remove the high places. Many kings neither built nor destroyed high places, yet God points out four who failed.


Joshua and the Gibeonites

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Gibeonites' pretense of coming from a distant land resulted in their slavery. Yet, through their influence, they contributed to Israel's destruction.


Deuteronomy and Idolatry

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We are admonished to internalize the book of Deuteronomy in preparation for our future leadership roles.


His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

As the lives of the major biblical figures were predestined, so are our lives. God chooses, moves, and manages the lives of His servants.


Deuteronomy (Part 4) (1994)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must seek God as ardently as we would a physical love relationship, spending quality time with Him. If we make no effort, the relationship cools.