There is a very difficult question that will beg to be answered in the course of the story of Saul that we will simply not have enough time in the message to take up. It comes up in the 1 Sam 15 where Saul is commanded by Samuel on God’s behalf to destroy the Amalekites. This is one of several places in the Old Testament in which Israel is commanded to wipe out a people. How can this be?
John Piper’s answer to this question is one perspective that I mostly agree with. It is a fairly short answer, about 5 1/2 minutes. It is a very “Calvinistic” answer. Because of the brevity he doesn’t deal with a lot of the pathos of the question, but it is a good answer. Let me know what you think.