Sunday, 14 January 2007

on judges 6:30-32

[''The men of the town demanded of Joash, "Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal's altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it." But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, "Are you going to plead Baal's cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar." So that day they called Gideon "Jerub-Baal," saying, "Let Baal contend with him," because he broke down Baal's altar.']

Their enquiries soon implicated Gideon (a secret known to ten men is no secret) and this led to the demand for his death, a suggestion which was met by the sound common sense of Joash. *If* Baal was a real god it was an insult worthy of death to intervene on his behalf (31); a god who was really God could vindicate Himself, without the necessity for human interference. If this advice had been followed by the devotees of the world's religions, not excepting many who claimed to be Christians, the world would have been spared a great deal of torture, bloodshed and untold misery.
- Arthur E Cundall, IVP Tyndale OT Commentary on Judges

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