[quote="Augustine3, post:4, topic:334677"]
I heard that genocidal warfare was not part of God’s plan. God intended to drive out the inhabitants before the Israelites settled in the land, there would be no need for the Israelites to fight. But because the Israelites had sinned time and time again, they were unable to be a light to the other nations, Moses therefore commanded them to exterminate the inhabitants before the Israelites adopted their pagan practices.
That’s my question – If God had intended to drive out the inhabitants before the Israelites had crossed into the promised land then what’s the holiness of the Israelites got to do with it?
Thanks for the clarification, it helped me understand.
It is hard to understand why God did what He did. He needed the Canaanites to be out of the land so the 12 tribes could set up shop so to speak and be formed as His people. The Canaanites were pretty despicable with false gods but they also had infant sacrifices which is very displeasing to God. Even though there is a final judgment, there may be smaller judgments that is in line with God's will for our benefit. If the Canaanites had been allowed to live on where they were at, there is no telling what they might have done that was evil. It was all in God's permissive will. IMHO.
The holiness of the Israelites may have had nothing to do with the outcome but in the action as casting the first stone.