Deuteronomy 7:1-12 Moses emphasized that when the Israelites entered the land of Canaan that they were to completely destroy all the people with no mercy. If they didn’t, they would end of making covenants with them and intermarrying with them where they will turn the Israelites hearts away from the Lord. The Lord will destroy Israel if they do this. They were to destroy their places of worship and by holy unto the Lord. The Lord reminded them that it wasn’t because of the size of their peoples that God chose them as a possessions, but because of his oath to Abraham. They should be careful to obey the law, and if they did, God will keep His covenant with the Israelites.
Notes: Even though this action seems extreme, the following need to be kept in mind: 1) the Canaanites deserved to die for their sin the Canaanites persisted in their hatred of God the Canaanites constituted a moral cancer that had the potential of introducing idolatry and immorality that would spread rapidly among the Israelites.
Deuteronomy 7:13-25 If the Israelites did as God commanded, He would love them, multiply them, bless their children, their land so that it produces good food and wine, and increase their herds and flocks. The Lord will take away their sickness and protect them from diseases, but inflict the disease on those that hate them. They are to remember how the Lord punished the Egyptians and learn from it so they don’t fall into the same sin. They will not need to fear their enemies for the Lord will fight their battles. The Lord shall hand the people over to the Israelites at a controlled pace unless the wild beasts multiply greatly upon the abundance of food to eat. Those 7 nations will be remembered no more.
Notes: little by little. Even though the Lord promised that the defeat of the people of the land would be quick, the process of settlement would be more gradual to avoid the danger of the land returning to a primitive state of natural anarchy.