What do you do when you have a problem with the Bible? You can challenge the Bible or you can let the Bible challenge you.
1. GOD IS BRINGING JUSTICE FOR THE SIN AND ATROCITIES OF THE CANAANITES
God executes justice from a perspective we don’t have.
Both justice and mercy were on display as God punished those nations.
2. GOD IS ELIMINATING WICKEDNESS MORE THAN HE IS OBLITERATING THE WICKED
This is not an ethnic cleansing. This is a cleansing of wickedness.
God shows mercy, grace and concern for these people from pagan nations even in the midst of carrying out his justice on those nations.
Matt Smith says, “None of the above means we shouldn’t be disturbed by the conquest of Canaan. We should be—but not because it calls into question God’s character, but because it calls into question our own.”