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This is the aftermath to the judicial punishment (to which the Israelites were doomed on account of their whoredoms and idolatry with Moab and Midian. It will be recalled that Midian and Moab had acted upon the advice of Balaam to call the children of Israel to the sacrifice of their gods in the consideration that, if the call were heeded, Jehovah in His anger would destroy Israel. The call was heeded, and we know with what results,. The camp was ravaged by a terrible plague in which 24,000 died. If the tempted Israelites deserved to be punished, much more...

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(The Literary Contest of Christianity in the First Three Centuries) The Christians in the Graeco-Roman world were a people who, by the mercy of God, had identified themselves with the truth in Christ Jesus. For the truth they witnessed. Christ’s name they confessed before men. And the result was, as we have seen, that the nameless pollutions of Rome were roused to a frenzy of rage. For Rome’s works were evil and the religion of Christ, the truth, was pure. So an attempt was made by the wicked, unbelieving Jews and Gentiles, to silence the Christians. One of the weapons...

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(The literary Contest of Christianity in the first three centuries) As I wrote in my previous article, already in the times of the apostles many Jews and pagans became Christians but in name only and smuggled their false religious notions and practices into the church, where they matured and eventually became known as Ebionism and Gnosticism. Ebionism is Judaizing Christianity; Gnosticism is paganizing Christianity. The Ebionites were thus the successors of the non-Christian Judaists: and the Gnostics were the successors of the non-Christian Neo-Platonists. The Ebionites and the Gnostics were the heretics in the Christian Church. They formed the Christian...

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(The literary Contest of Christianity in the first three centuries) Having noticed how the enemies of Zion strove to silence the truth through their slanders and heresies, having exposed these heresies as to their primary principles, let us now, in the second place, have regard to the significance of this vile doing of unbelief for the church and the truth. If we are to succeed in the attempt to grasp this, significance, we certainly must take our stand on the foundation of the truth and the fact that also this rioting of unbelief was God’s work, that in slandering the...

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(Numbers 32) The Ruebenites and the Gadites solicit for their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan. This country recently dispossessed of the Amorites, impressed them, from its abundant pastures, to be well adapted to their occupations with respect to their large possessions in cattle. Then, too, the land was without an owner, as it was not literally included in the promise. “Wherefore,” said they to Moses and the princes of Israel, “if we have found grace in thy sight, let this land be given to thy servants for a possession, and bring us not over Jordan.” Hearing, Moses...

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THE COMMAND TO DRIVE OUT THE CANAANITES—Num. 33:50-56 “And the Lord spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: when ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan: then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. . . ” The command is repeated in somewhat different language at Deut. 7:2: “And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them (the Canaanites) before thee: thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them. . . .” This, then, was the...

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As was said, it is important to consider that the literary contest of the church fathers with unbelief was carried on with: 1) the non-Christian Gentile world; 2) the non-Christian Jews; and 3) the heretics in the church. In this article attention is directed to the contest of the church with heresy. It was especially in this conflict that the substance of Christian truth was developed and its logical apprehension unfolded. For the assaults of heresy upon the truth, compelled the church to ponder its own articles of faith and oppose them, as fortified by the Scriptures, to the vain...

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Let us again get before us the description of Joshua’s task with respect to the enemies of Israel. “When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. And it shall be, if it make thee an answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it: and when the Lord thy God shall deliver...

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As has already been pointed out, Canaan, not including the area occupied by the two and a half tribes east of the Jordan, was a small strip of land, approximately 160 miles in length and whose greatest width measured but 40 miles. It extended to the wilderness of Zin on the south, was bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the West, reached up into the region of the Anti-Lebanon on the north, while its eastern border rested on the north-eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, skirted this sea and so on down the Jordan (Nu. 34). However, according to...

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Selected from among the 48 Levitical cities were the 6 cities of refuge, 3 on each side of the Jordan, and placed under the jurisdiction of the Levites, to serve as places of retreat and security for such as might shed blood unwittingly, without foresight or design. East of the Jordon they were Bezer in Reuben, Ramoth-Gilead in Gath, and Golan in Manasseh. On the West of the Jordan they were Hebron in Judah, Shechem in Mt. Ephraim, and Kadesh in Judah. The purpose of the appointment of the Cities of Refuge was to prevent the shedding of innocent blood,...

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