Now that the Israelites are done chopping the tips of their dicks off (yes, this really happened…read Joshua 5) it’s time to now attack the city of Jericho. War!!! Joshua 6 begins with God talking to Joshua.
“March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” – Joshua 6:3-5
Sound waves can damage objects. Think of a wine glass breaking due to the correct frequency and volume of a sound wave. However, the blasting of trumpets is not going to collapse the wall of a city! More anti-science. If it’s not misogyny in the Bible it’s anti-science. Anyways, the Israelites did a big boy march around the city blowing on trumpets for seven days. On the seventh day the city was destroyed.
“When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.” – Joshua 6:20
Sure it did. Sure it did. And snakes and donkeys can talk.
“They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.” – Joshua 6:21
Ah, there’s the killing we’ve so missed over the last few chapters. God has the Israelites kill EVERY living thing, including babies, all because they already lived in the land God wanted the Israelites to have. The only way for the all-mighty God to fix this was to kill babies. For someone who knows all of all time, past, present, and future, one would think he could have simply had the city of Jericho built OUTSIDE the promised land. Instead God chooses baby killing. Fuck you God.
“So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.” – Joshua 6:23
I also find it hard to believe Rahab survived. Every other living thing was to be killed by God’s command. The Israelites are obviously in a blood lust mode. I realize Rahab’s house was marked, but in the heat of the moment, it’s hard to believe an ‘accident’ didn’t happen and someone in Rahab’s house wasn’t killed.
“Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house.” – Joshua 6:24
Kill the babies and steal the treasure. Biblical morals.
“But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.” – Joshua 6:25
No she doesn’t. She’s dead.
“At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: ‘Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: ‘At the cost of his firstborn son he will lay its foundations at the cost of his youngest he will set up its gates.’’” – Joshua 6:26
Once again the Bible informs us that the children and grandchildren will suffer if a dad or grandfather disobeys. Innocent children are to be punished for the supposed sins of the parents. More biblical morals.
After five chapters of setting up the soon to come death and destruction of innocents, Joshua 6 finally brings that death and destruction to us. The entire city of Jericho is destroyed, including all living beings except for Rahab and her family. This includes innocent children and babies. Whenever a Christian brings up morals and the Bible, point them to this chapter. There are many to point to, but any chapter in which children and babies are killed destroys the argument of the Bible teaching morals.
Coming Soon: Joshua – Chapter 7: Achan’s Sin