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The Torah speaks in the future tense when it says, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.” On a simple level, this means that one should endeavor to memorize the words of the Torah. On a deeper level, these words allude to the Messianic Era when God will write His Torah upon our hearts.
Ordinarily, repentance is a simple matter. When we realize we have done something wrong, we simply need to confess our wrongdoing, turn around and do the opposite. However, it is not always so simple. Sometimes our sin creates consequences that make it impossible for us to reverse course.
The “Anointed for War” alludes to King Messiah who will take the battlefield like David His father and fight the wars of the LORD. He fights with supernatural weapons: “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6). The Almighty anoints Him with the Spirit of power to overcome the enemies of Israel.
Moses issued a chilling order: to kill all the women, sparing only the virgin girls. The ancient Near East was a barbaric and ruthless place, and a story like this reminds us of that context. But how do we understand and reconcile these events within an ethical worldview and the spirit of Torah?
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