The Israelites go now and attack the Midianites and take home their women, children, and all of their goods as spoils of war. Moses then orders all of the CHILDREN killed, along with all women who have ever had sex. The "girls who have not had intercourse with a man" [aka- bluntly speaking, the virgins] can be kept by the Israelite men. I'm sure we can imagine what life was like for them.
Questions: Do you think God really ordered the children to be killed and the young girls to be treated that way? Why or why not?
If so, why is it now morally wrong to treat people like that today, and not back then?
If not, why does the Bible clearly spell out these details, condoning them?
Final question: (which relates to both chapter 30 and 31):
Is it all right to treat a woman as a possession not capable of making her own decisions (in the case of swearing oaths) or a possession that can be used as a man wills (in the second case)?
Why or why not?
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
Who am I? Freelance writer (magazines, websites, & copywriting), Catholic, military wife, and Mensan. Double Bachelor's in History & Psychology.
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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