Read pp. 312-318 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, Amalek, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. What are the manifestations of the Amalekites in our day? Describe how they are at war against God.
2. Taking the answer to question#1, How is God at war with the Amalekites of our day?
3. Based on this section, how can we identify readily the Amalekites of both contemporary culture and history? What will be a clear indication of them? Name some of the more notorious manifestations in the 21st century?
4. What has been the all-too-often response of God’s people to attacks on them by God’s enemies? Has this been because they have failed to recognize them as such or because they’ve been reluctant to engage the enemy? Explain.
“The typology of Moses’ upraised hands (Ex. 17:11-12) tells us of the means whereby Amalek is to be destroyed: with a full-scale offensive on all fronts, but always with a full reliance on the Lord who is the only ground of victory.” (RJR)
5. Tie the commandment to “blot out the Amalekites” to the dominion mandate and to the Great Commission.
6. The commandment to blot out the Amalekites was to Israel. How has the church failed to recognize important directives such as this one by failing to understand that the church is Israel now?
7. Explain why professing believers who do not embrace the law as binding on their lives will never be able to carry out this clear directive in Scripture.
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