Joshua – Chapter 24: The Covenant Renewed at Shechem

Today is the last chapter of Joshua!  A very disgusting chapter that teaches all about the true ‘morals’ of the Bible.  Spoiler alert!  Joshua dies!

“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.” – Joshua 24:5

This is Joshua telling the Israelites what God said, so essentially the word of God.  Afflicted?  God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians which set this whole disgusting story in motion.  If the hearts weren’t hardened, none of this happens and the land is at peace.

“You did not do it with your own sword and bow.” – Joshua 24:12

This is in reference to the Israelites fighting the people of the land, making it clear that God slaughtered the innocent people already living there.

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.” – Joshua 24:14

A god that commands you fear him is no god to be worshipped.  It is a god to be forgotten for good.

“It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes.” – Joshua 24:17

Murder and rape of innocents is a great sign?  These people are sick!

“You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.” – Joshua 24:19

A god who loves but doesn’t forgive?  That’s just a tad bit contradictory.

“And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the Lord.” – Joshua 24:26

Why must important decrees from God be written on a stone that erodes within a few decades and can no longer be read?  Maybe that’s part of the problem with the Israelites constantly forgetting.

“After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten.” – Joshua 24:29

One hundred and ten and leading the people?  I doubt it.

“Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel.” – Joshua 24:31

Including the rape and murder of women and children.

And that’s the end of the book of Joshua, possibly the most disgusting chapter in the Bible.  Rape, murder, death, and blood lust.  Those words sum up this book very well.

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 1:  Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites

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