In the last chapter of Joshua we learned about towns for the Israelites. Let’s see what happens in Chapter 22.
“Then Joshua summoned the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh and said to them, ‘You have done all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded.’” – Joshua 22:1-2
And let’s not forget these commands included the rape and murder of women and children. God loves us all.
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” – Joshua 22:5
Yes, don’t you dare forget to murder the people I tell you to murder. Same goes for raping. And pillaging.
“Return to your homes with your great wealth—with large herds of livestock, with silver, gold, bronze and iron, and a great quantity of clothing—and divide the plunder from your enemies with your fellow Israelites.” – Joshua 22:8
What did these ‘enemies’ do to deserve this? Nothing, other than having their hearts hardened by God.
“And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side, the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them.” – Joshua 22:11-12
So an altar is deserving of war? Wow! This god is definitely filled with blood lust.
“If you rebel against the Lord today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel.” – Joshua 22:18
This is problematic for a god that is supposedly all-knowing and loves his people. Why would God punish those who committed no crime? Probably because he’s a jackass god who doesn’t exist.
“No! We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, ‘What do you have to do with the Lord, the God of Israel?’” – Joshua 22:24
Makes sense given the senseless killing God has commanded the Israelites to do thus far. I’d be scared too!
One chapter after saying the Israelites could rest and be at peace, God immediately has the Israelites at the brink of war. Granted, no war took place in this chapter, but it was close. God doesn’t want peace. He wants death and destruction and commands it of the Israelites.
Coming Soon: Joshua – Chapter 23: Joshua’s Farewell to the Leaders