This was taken from the book study last week:
In ancient Israel, there were no prisons as we know them today. Were they not slaves for over 400 years? Today?s jails people are slaves.
God?s people were to wage war, not to satisfy a mere lust for power or conquest, but to act as God?s agents in "Wars of Jehovah." Then why did not Jehovah use his angles to do his wars? He had one angle kill 185,000 men in one night. What a kind God we have; he uses humans, that he loves, in war to kill each other.
A newly married man was exempt for a full year so that before embarking upon such hazardous service, he might see an heir born. In this way, the Law explained, the young husband would be able to make his new wife "rejoice." Rejoice how? Have a kid then go off to war & get killed? I really would not look forward to that.
Makes no since.