Abraham and 318 trained men rescued Lot and others from capture (Genesis14).
Moses defended the Hebrew beaten by the Egyptian who was killed (Exodus 2) - circumstantial death not premeditated.
God defended and rescued the Hebrews via the plagues (Exodus 7-12).
Midianite/other nation defeats by the Hebrews (reasons: immorality, idolatry, human sacrifice with fire, deception, attacks) See Numbers, Deuteronomy, Judges etc;.
The focus of destruction was on the Canaanites, not other city-states in the land. The Israelites, upon entering the land, were forbidden to attack: the Moabites (Deut. 2:9), the Ammonites (Deut. 2:19), and the descendents of Esau (Deut. 2:4-6). They were also required to make a peace offering to cities in Canaan (Deut. 20:10-16). The actions of the Israelites were not characterized by naked aggression for the purpose of conquest and so-called genocidal extermination....
Nehemiah 4:13-23 says that people were stationed "by families" around the city. They were armed, with "their swords, their spears, and their bows." This is a situation where they are willing to apply lethal force to defend themselves while rebuilding Jerusalem's wall (www.biblicalselfdefense.com).
A Roman commander demanded to know why a riot had broken out. Paul asked the Commander, "Is it legal for you to whip a Roman citizen who hasn't even been tried?" Paul defended himself by claiming he was a Roman by birth (Acts 23). A public record (libelli) was available for officials to examine Paul's claim of citizenship thus fair treatment.
What should Churches do?
- Contact your local police department for a building security evaluation.
- Appoint congregation members to take firearm courses (a presence at "all" Church events at various building locations is advised).
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