We continue through the book of Joshua this week which means the destruction and slaughter of the people already living in the “promised land” continues. In this chapter Joshua moves from the south to the north to slaughter more people.
“They came out with all their troops and a large number of horses and chariots—a huge army, as numerous as the sand on the seashore. All these kings joined forces and made camp together at the Waters of Merom to fight against Israel.” – Joshua 11:4-5
Can you blame these kings? They just saw Joshua and the Israelites destroy the people of the south for no other reason than they lived in the land Joshua wanted. God, who leads Joshua, is a huge bully. That’s it. A dangerous bully that kills those he picks on.
“The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.’” – Joshua 11:6
God even has the horses put to death!
“They defeated them and pursued them all the way to Greater Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and to the Valley of Mizpah on the east, until no survivors were left.” – Joshua 11:8
No survivors, meaning the babies and children were killed too.
“The Israelites carried off for themselves all the plunder and livestock of these cities, but all the people they put to the sword until they completely destroyed them, not sparing anyone that breathed.” – Joshua 11:14
Kill all of the people and steal their stuff because it’s not really stealing if they’re dead!
“Except for the Hivites living in Gibeon, not one city made a treaty of peace with the Israelites, who took them all in battle.” – Joshua 11:19
Did the Israelites begin with a peaceful approach? No. And by ‘treaty’ what is really meant is slavery as that was the ‘treaty’ the Gibeonites had with the Israelites.
“For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel, so that he might destroy them totally, exterminating them without mercy, as the Lord had commanded Moses.” – Joshua 11:20
OMFG!!! God is hardening the hearts of the tribes to force them to wage war against Israel? Seriously? How disgusting is this god?
“So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.” – Joshua 11:23
Well, everyone is dead so who is left to war against?
Joshua 11 brings out God’s true nature, if it wasn’t clear from earlier books/chapters. God is a bloodthirsty war monger. The people of the land don’t have free will. God forces them to war against the Israelites to allow the Israelites to destroy them. Babies and children are part of those murdered by God! Sigh. Absolutely disgusting. This is the god a majority of the United States worships. Disgusting.
Coming Soon: Joshua – Chapter 12: List of Defeated Kings