Joshua – Chapter 3: Crossing the Jordan

Thus far in Joshua the Israelites are preparing for war.  God is giving them the promised land, although people already live there.  Instead of seeking a peaceful solution, God has the Israelites prepare for bloodshed and destruction.

“Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over.” – Joshua 3:1

Preparing to destroy innocent lives.

“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’” – Joshua 3:5

Amazing things = killing innocent people.

“And the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.’” – Joshua 3:7

Exalt you = preparing to help you kill innocent people.  Joshua then tells the Israelites:

“This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.  See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.  Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.  And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” – Joshua 3:10-13

Yep, prepared to drive out the people already living in the land.  So the river water is just going to stand up in a heap?  Back to anti-science for the Bible.  Obviously this can’t happen, although if you believe in a talking donkey, I suppose river water suddenly stopping and standing in a heap is not much of an irrational leap.  Sigh.

“Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho.” – Joshua 3:15-16

Let’s assume the water can pile up so the Israelites can cross.  What happens when the water is released?  All of that water piling up will produce a massive flood, destroying towns, villages, farms, people, animals, and children/babies when it is released.  The Bible conveniently leaves this part out.

No actual death and destruction yet in Joshua, but we now know the Israelites are definitely preparing, under the leadership of God, to destroy the people of the land.  Even if the people do not die by the sword, the massive flood that would result from the piling up of water would kill many.  Of course the Bible doesn’t discuss this because science is inconvenient to the story being told.  By story I mean fictional nonsense.

Coming Soon:  Joshua – Chapter 4:  Crossing the Jordan Part II

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