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083 The Amorites

June 24, 2017 | Permalink

Today we are going to take a brief look at the people known as the Amorites; it’s a good example of what we discussed yesterday about reading the Bible extensively.  Let’s start in Gen. 15

“Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”  Gen. 15:16

This passage is quite interesting, not only for the fact that it is prophetic, but it also states that the extent of the Amorites sin is going to expand.  Further, God is going to pay attention to that while it happens.  Such a statement could cause skepticism about our Lord, but it might also be a place for us to trust God’s wisdom and care.  We should naturally ask, “what then is going on?”

Now let’s see, by reading further, what transpires in the future.

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them.”  Deut. 7:1-2

Long after the prophecy given in Gen. 15, we find further commentary on the outcome for the Amorites.  God’s intention is clear: He wants them judged; and judged by His people.  Who are those people?  Those of the line of Shem.  And the time for that judgement will be when the people of Israel are to cross over into the land of Canaan.  That’s not the time of Abraham, but the time of Moses and Joshua.  The issue of the Amorites then, spans quite a long period of time.  Why are they kept in view for so long in the Torah?  A worthy question.

And, let’s add one further passage, back in Genesis.

“Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites”  Gen. 10:15-16

This is a key verse in helping us put the puzzle together.  The Amorites come from the line of Canaan.  And that should help us understand why the Amorites are in view for so much of the Torah.  They are of the line of Canaan, and as mentioned in previous posts, it was made abundantly clear that Noah’s judgment on his son, Canaan, (found in Gen. 9) would have long term effects.  They would be cursed to be servants to the lines of Shem and Japheth.  Of course, such a curse might be viewed in one of two ways.  Either to accept the judgment, or, to rebel against even that.  God knows that the trajectory of mankind is such that when they start to sin there is no boundary to their sin.  We’ve already seen that in the first four chapters of Genesis.  Problems begin in marriage, extend to siblings, and then eventually to society.  So, when Ham sinned against his father, it set in place the trajectory for more disobedience, more rebellion, more sin.  God knew that the sin of the line of Canaan would continue; even knew that it would manifest itself in the Amorites.

God is not idle when He sees sin manifest itself.   Keep in mind that He has declared a promise available to us, as found in Gen. 3:15.  He has declared sides.  One seed will prosper, the other will face demise.  When we sin, we can continue on our path, or turn toward to the Lord by remembering His Gen. 3:15 promise.  A promise that declares we can live.  God is not idle.  He has already spoken.