The earth is no stranger to genocide. It’s cringe-worthy to think of how much blood has been spilled throughout history. We read about the world’s first murder when Abel is murdered by Cain who is confronted by God who says, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10) Since then there has been Genghis Kan responsible for 40 million deaths, in the name of colonialism, Europe has claimed millions of lives right here on our American soil. Adolf Hitler hated himself so much that his insecurities cost the world the loss of six million Jews and millions more who were considered inferior to the German race.
Contrary to God’s plan, humanity has had centuries of practice in ending life. Murder, of course, was released on the earth after the fall of man where sin was so evident that every seed from Adam was born into it. How else would Cain know how to take Abel’s life? No other human being had committed that act before. Roaming the earth with his own selfish agenda is Satan who cheers sin on, front row and center. He was after every seed in order to see to its destruction. There was a seed, or a person, that would be born with the authority to end Satan’s reign, and so the bloodshed ensues.
In biblical history there is the wiping out of entire generations. We read the reason for Satan’s manic pursuit of killing and destruction in Genesis 3: 15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed…” From Abel to Moses to King Herod’s decree to kill all the firstborn sons at the rumor of Jesus’ birth. The enemy of our soul has used us to kill each another just to stay in power.
There are the parts of the bible we believers rather not focus on when trying to spread the Gospel. With our King depicted as an old man shining a magnifying glass under the sun at mankind, some of those biblical stories seem to support that depiction. Besides, if God was so loving how could He flood the earth and kill everyone but Noah and his family? It seems that both kingdoms have a kill score but when it comes to the flood, God’s response was for the sake of humanity as oppose to Satan’s selfish ambition to defeat a foe that would inevitably defeat him. Simply put, God made a strategic decision in war to stop Satan from polluting the genealogy of Christ, the Savior of the world.
Lives taken by the millions is a thought our brains can’t even compute. Our imaginations, as vast as they are, can’t possibly understand the loss of millions of lives in one fell swoop. God can. No matter what the casualty of war God was there to witness every one of His babies take their last breaths and His ears can hear the voices of there blood cry out to Him from the earth. Jesus’ blood on Calvary cried out the loudest but not just from death, from the victory of His resurrection! Satan failed to kill Christ and we can revel in his failure. One of the greatest promises God has made to us is that there is no more death in heaven, no more killing. Among those killed in this bloody war, one death at Calvary saved us all. Can you hear His voice calling your name?