Deuteronomy 20 – RULES FOR BATTLE
Israel was given instructions for the battles that she would face. There are some good lessons for us here as we fight “the world, the flesh, and the devil”.
BE CONFIDENT – Vss. 1-4
As Christians we are to fight the Lord’s battles.
When we fight the Lord’s battles the Lord is with us and fights for us.
BE COMPASSIONATE – Vss. 5-9
There were those excused from battle because they had reasons for not fighting. Although we can not excuse people from fighting the Lord’s battles, we should remember that there are some good reasons sometimes for people not participating in church activities.
BE CONSIDERATE – Vss. 10-15
Women taken in battle were to be treated fairly.
BE CLEAN – Vss. 16-18
There were cities in the Promised Land which were to be totally destroyed.
There was to be do comprise with them so there would be no influence to worship their Gods. 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
BE CAREFUL – Vss. 19-20
There was not to be the waste of trees during a battle. Only trees that didn’t give fruit were to be used. We, too, should be careful with the resources that God gives us, and not waste them.