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Seeing as God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are of the same essence i.e. God, how does the Church handle these types of verses? After all, this is Jesus who is the God of Moses right?

Is it wrong to say that Jesus has sanctioned this event? The Old Testament is the word of God, correct?

Numbers 31 KJV
17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

Is this a wrong conclusion? If so, how is it given the following:

co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial, and "each is God, whole and entire"

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marked as duplicate by Narnian, Affable Geek, David Stratton, fredsbend, Mawia Dec 10 '13 at 6:53

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Jesus did not exist until his conception. The Word was pre-existent and eternal, and Jesus is the Incarnate Word. But Jesus did not exist during OT times because he was not "made flesh" until much later. –  Andrew Leach Dec 9 '13 at 20:29
    
@AndrewLeach Did not God and Jesus plan on sending him in flesh? I thought Jesus was always existing in his Divine nature. Co-equal, Co-eternal, I don't think you are correct creed wise. Besides, the Essence is the same so what's the difference (although I still don't think you are correct). –  user1361315 Dec 9 '13 at 20:30
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Is your question, "How do Christians understand hard verses like these from the Old Testament in light of the ethic of love in the New Testament?" or "Is Jesus in agreement with God the Father on all things, including genocide etc.?" –  metal Dec 9 '13 at 20:49
    
Hi, more so 1st, but also I think it includes the latter also. So both? Because the source (God) is said to be the same. –  user1361315 Dec 9 '13 at 20:51
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To expand on my comment, the Word (the divine nature which was incarnated in Jesus) was pre-existent. Jesus is the incarnation of that divine nature, and he was born at a particular moment. He didn't exist before that. The Word existed and has always done. –  Andrew Leach Dec 9 '13 at 21:58

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Jesus says so himself, that he was alive before Abraham and Moses and before all created things and that all things were created through him and for him. So yes, Jesus did exist before the Old Testament was written and Jesus was the one speaking to Moses in the burning bush. That whole deal with killing people for their sins was part of the old covenant, Jesus brought the new covenant when he was sacrificed, that's the differnce, we are now in a state of grace, mercy and love.

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