Why did God tell the Israelites to Kill Women, Children and even Animals in the Old Testament?
This question is used to attack many Christians by atheists. Even Christians have a hard time understanding why God seemed like a tyrant in the Old Testament and in the New, John the apostle says God is love. Is God love, or is God evil? Is He both?
In this article I hope to answer questions like:
1. Why did God wipe out the pre-flood people with a flood?
2. Why did God command the children of Israel to kill many nations; including women, children and even animals?
These are questions that many people won’t touch because they simply don’t know how to answer them. In order for them to look good, they will say, “it was God’s will.” Or, “who are we to question God?” In my humble opinion, that is a huge cop-out so people don’t see their ignorance. When they say such garbage, it empowers atheists to attack more.
In this short article, I hope to explain the above questions, and teach that God is not schizophrenic. God is the same today, yesterday, and forevermore. He never changed, but mankind and their traditions have veiled the true image of God the Father. Jesus came to reveal to us what the Father is truly like. Jesus is the exact image of the Father.
Why did God wipe out the pre-flood people with a flood?
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” KJV
Now the question is: What led up to God’s decision as He said in verses 5-7?
In Genesis 6:1-3, we get an insight of what was happening “in the days of Noah”
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” KJV
The term “sons of God” in the Hebrew is Bene Ha‘elohim, which is referring to the angels of God. This can only be referring to angels since the Hebrew word for men in this case is ‘âdâm. There’s another reference to the sons of God in Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7. In Job you will see that the sons of God can only be referring to angels.
Genesis 6:1-4 is the reason God destroyed the earth with water. It teaches that angels had sexual relations with the daughters of “Adam”, not “el-o-heem'”, and that produced the Nephilim which are the fallen ones. Jude, the Lord’s brother, also made the same connection in referring to the fallen angels. Jude said they left their own habitation when they fell. The Greek word for habitation is oiketerion. The apostle Paul also gave us insight of what this word means in his letter to the Corinthians. Paul called it “our house which is from heaven.” The oiketerion is only used twice in the New Testament. The English Bibles translated them as “habitation” in Jude v 6, and “house” in 2 Corinthians 5:2.
Most Bible colleges say that the “sons of God” were the sons of Seth and that the “daughters of men” were the daughters of Cain. First off, that is just redundant. If you study the Hebrew words then you can write that off as a joke! This line of Seth and Cain theory started in the 5th century A.D. by Celsus and Julian the Apostate. They basically use the Sethite theory to attack Christianity.
Why did God command the children of Israel to kill many nations; including women, children and even animals?
Here is where questions get answered and the blinds come off.
If you look at Genesis 6:3 God said, “My spirit shall not always strive with man..” I believe the reason God said this is because now that the angels have interbred with the daughters of Adam, they were no longer in the image of the Father; the angels corrupted the seed of man. Take Noah for instance, he found grace in the eyes of the Lord! Genesis 6:9 says, “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations.”
In order to understand what “perfect in his generations” means, you will have to look deeper than the English Bibles we have today. The word “perfect” means: entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth: – without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole. In other words, Noah was not infected with the Nephilim seed. Noah was perfect in his genes and God chose Him to carry on with the true seed of mankind.
I know I have elaborated a little, but there needs to be proof and understanding for what I’m about to say. The reason God told the Israelites to kill certain women, children, and animals is because they were not human; also the animals weren’t pure either. Genesis 6:12 says, “..all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth..” Notice it says “all flesh”. In Genesis 6:4 it says, “There were Nephilim in the earth in those days; and also after that..” The “after that” part is referring to after the flood. The angels also attempted to corrupt the seed of man even after the flood. That’s why there are discoveries of skulls that don’t look human! That’s because they are in fact not human.
I believe it was an evil plan of satan to corrupt the seed in which Jesus was to come through. God told the Israelites to kill these nations due to the corrupt bloodline. That’s why God commanded the Israelites to not have relations with other nations. Joshua’s spies came back and said they were “as grasshoppers” in the sight of the Nephilim. King Og had a bed that was thirteen feet long and six feet wide! There is just too much proof in the Bible for us to discredit giants (aka Nephilim).
I know this is not a popular teaching, it seems too “out there” to many. We can believe supernatural things such as the 10 plagues of Egypt, God split the Red Sea and the Children on Israel walked across on dry land, the children of Israel were guided by a cloud by day and a fire by night, Moses’s face glowing so that the children of Israel couldn’t look at him, the mountain top on fire due to the presence of God and they witnessed it. I could go on with all the supernatural things in the Old Testament, and not to mention the signs and wonders in the New. Why is this teaching from Genesis chapter 6 so rejected? I believe it answers so many questions and points to Christ.
Lastly, some will try to discredit this by quoting Jesus.
“For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.” Matthew 22:30
This was Jesus’s response to the Sadducees as they tried to discredit Him. But what many fail to see in Jesus’s response is this: “like the angels in heaven“. If you have been following along with me in this article, you will know that the fallen angels left their oiketerion and put on an earthly body. They were no longer “like the angels in heaven” anymore. They fell! The angels who are still in their natural habitation “neither marry nor be given in marriage“, but that does not apply to the fallen angels who “left their own habitation” and were able to marry and bare children to the daughters of Adam.
In conclusion, God had a reason for commanding Israel to kill women, children, and even animals in a few places in the Old Testament. I believe with all my heart the above information is correct.
Jesus is the Image of the Father.
We are going to shift the discussion a little. So one day Jesus and His disciples were out, and Philip decides to ask an interesting question that hasn’t been understood by many till this day.
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:8-9 NKJV
Wow! Jesus told Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” In other words, he who has perceived or experienced Jesus has perceived or experienced the Father! This is huge!
If you want to see what the Father of the Old Testament was like, then you have to see Jesus. Jesus never killed a person, in fact He rebukes James and John for wanting to call fire down from heaven like Elijah. Jesus never put sickness on a person to teach them a lesson. He never put blindness or deafness on a person. In fact, Jesus did the total opposite of what is being propagated by religion today.
What about the God of the Old Testament?
I believe Father God was misidentified. In order for Jesus to say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father,” we have to conclude that is the issue. God made a covenant with Israel the day they proclaimed, “All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.” God is not a covenant breaker, so when Israel disobeyed, they paid the consequences. As New Covenant believers we have it A LOT BETTER!
You will treat people the way you perceive the Father is treating people. Your view of God will reflect how you treat others.
I’ll end by saying this, God is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore!