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Frank L. Hoffman Interviewed: Peacemaking
Comments by Terri Russell - 21 Feb 2003
Josh 6:21 The account of Jericho did involve the utter destruction of the city, man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey.
God is the same God today, yesterday and forever, and Christ is the exact representation of God. What we see in Christ we can know is true about God. In some ways that makes it even harder make sense of Jericho.
In my human understanding the approach to Jericho seems harsh. I don't understand it. It doesn't at first glance seem to agree with what is shown in the New Testament. I can wrestle with God about these questions. Usually the answer I feel I get is "Be still and know that I am God" That is not exactly the answer I want. It doesn't satisfy my understanding, and it requires me to risk trusting God and His goodness in spite of my understanding or the appearance of things. I can trust in my way and seek to establish my path or I can fall upon God's mercy.
There have been times that I have felt like running from God. I haven't always agreed with the way He has allowed things to happen in my life or the world. So I was tempted to run, but where would I go. He Is. He is the source of life, healing, love and forgiveness.
I think His plan and wisdom and ways are far beyond my understanding. I can know Him in part through the grace of Christ but I'm not sure I can know Him fully while still in this imperfect state.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about the war with Iraq. I don't know what the answer is. I am not even sure what the truth is regarding this whole issue. The only thing I know to do is pray.
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