Though this is phrased as a theological question that is not meant for this site, I’m more trying to get exegetical responses.
In relation to the incident in 2 Kings 3 with the battle of Yahweh vs Chemos, I was reading this article from Michael Heiser. See below:
Elisha had told the kings of Israel and Judah that God would help them. So why had He not? This situation isn’t the first time God promises but chooses not to deliver: God had told the Israelites that they would conquer Canaan under Moses and Joshua, yet they failed because of unbelief (Num 13; Deut 31:1–7; Josh 13:1–5; Judg 1:27–36). Yahweh was not defeated by the god of Moab. He was, and is, ready and able to help his people. But he will not do so if they refuse to believe and act on that belief.
Though this article focuses on the 2 Kings 3 incident specifically, I’m wanting to ask about the claim of God going back on His promises when His people refuse to believe or act on them.
I understand this may be the case for some things in the bible, but in the examples above, there seems to be no textual indication that these promises are conditional.
When God says that He will drive the Canaanites out in Judges, or give the Israelites victory over the Moabites in Kings, I don’t see any verse that indicates these promises are based on the behaviour of the Israelite’s, as affirmative verbs are used. Yet in places like Judges 1:27-34, it describes the inability of the Israelites to do the very thing God promised.
Using any of the examples above, are there any textual indications that God’s military promises are conditional based on the behaviour of the Israelites? I’m struggling to see how one can faithfully make this case without making general assumptions that aren’t in the text itself.
[Feel free to focus on any of the examples above in the article, as either the incidents in Judges or Kings speak to the question I’m asking. Although there have been questions asked on these 2 incidents previously, they don’t necessarily cover the specific concept I’m asking and the hermeneutical approach required]