Joshua’s Farewell to the Leaders

There are two chapters of Joshua left, including today’s, and we are about to see the death of Joshua.  Let’s jump right into it.

“After a long time had passed and the Lord had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man, summoned all Israel—their elders, leaders, judges and officials—and said to them: “I am very old. You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God who fought for you.” – Joshua 23:1-3

Rest?  I guess that part is conveniently left out of the Bible.  Who wants to discuss peace when we can talk about blood lust?  Sheesh!  As for the part about the Lord fighting for you, not really.  God hardened the hearts of the people of the land to justify you slaughtering them.  That’s hardly a god who’s with you.  It’s a jackass god jerking off to the killing and raping of innocents.

“The Lord your God himself will push them out for your sake. He will drive them out before you, and you will take possession of their land, as the Lord your God promised you.” – Joshua 23:5

OMFG?!?!?!  They’re not done with this yet!  There’s more slaughtering to do?  Holy shit!!!

“Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.” – Joshua 23:6

Does this include ALL the laws, or just the ones you find convenient?  For example, does it include the law of wearing fabric of two types?

“One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised.” – Joshua 23:10

A word was left out and that word is ‘innocents’.  The Israelites routed innocent people whose hearts were hardened by God.

“So be very careful to love the Lord your God.” – Joshua 23:11

Or he will ass rape you with a golden statue!  LOL!

“But if you turn away and ally yourselves with the survivors of these nations that remain among you and if you intermarry with them and associate with them, then you may be sure that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you.” – Joshua 23:12-13

In other words, people different than you are icky and must be avoided at all costs.  They must be shunned and treated horribly.  All in the name of God.

“If you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.” – Joshua 23:16

This concludes Joshua 23.  Joshua hasn’t died yet, but he has given us a recap of all the horrible things the Israelites have done in the name of God.  To top it off, Joshua does his best to scare the Israelites into faithfully following this god for all of time.  No one should rule with fear, least of all a god who claims to love you.  A parent who rules over their children with fear is a child abuser.

Coming Soon:  Joshua – Chapter 24:  The Covenant Renewed at Shechem

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