God responds to the mistreatment of His people
Moses/Joshua wrote a historical account of Moses giving the Law to the surviving Israelites prior to conquering the Promised Land. When they began to take the land, they were to exterminate the Amalekites (descendants of Esau and his concubine Timma) because they continually attacked the elderly and weak Israelites, who were separated from the main group, after they left Egypt. The preying on the weak was particularly detestable to the Lord. The Israelites would begin executing this command during the reign of Saul and would be completed during the reign of Hezekiah.
It took centuries for the Amalekites to be completely eliminated. But per the Lord's commands, their fate was sealed for their cowardly acts against His people.
God cares for His people, whom He calls His children. While retribution may not be as quick or in the form that we want, God will repay His enemies. In Revelation 6:9-17, we see how God is moved by the prayers of His people, particularly the martyrs and the persecuted.
In the mean time, we are called to love our enemies. Through our love, the world will know that we are followers of Jesus. Then some of those enemies will turn to Jesus and become fellow partakers of the kingdom of God. We are not to forget to love because we too were once enemies of God until we were adopted as sons and daughters through faith.
Eugene H. Merrill, Deuteronomy, The New American Commentary, ed. E. Ray Clendenen (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994), 331.
Peter C. Craigie, The Book of Deuteronomy, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, ed. R. K. Harrison (Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans, 1976), 317-8.
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