This Israelite soldier has just hacked to death an Amalekite man and slashed the throat of the man's eleven year old son. The Amalekite man's wife and his two year old daughter are huddled in the corner of their home, wailing in terror, looking at the soldier and pleading for mercy. The Hebrew soldier turns to you, and asks,
"Dear ______, God has ordered us to kill every Amalekite man, woman, and child. I really don't want to kill this mother and her small child. Should I obey God's command and chop this terrified, defenseless mother and her little girl to pieces with my sword or spare them?
What would you advise this soldier to do? You only have seconds to advise him. He needs a "yes" or "no"...now.
Gary: If you advise this soldier to go ahead and hack to pieces this mother and her little girl, what does that say about you? And if you advise the solider to show compassion and to spare the mother and her child, what does that say about your God who ordered the soldier to slay them?