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Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho

March 13, 2012

This is how I was taught about Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, but after reading the book of Joshua for the first time I can not help but to have a few questions about all of this.

I understand about The Promised Land. This land was Promised to Abraham and to all his descendents by God. Forty years they traveled from the slavery in Egypt to get to this point. God was with them the entire journey feeding them mana from the sky and leading them with a pillar of fire by night and a cloud during the day. The journey Moses began Joshua had finished. They finally made it to the Land of Milk and Honey. A beautiful and heartwarming story for those who had been slaves under Pharaohs rule. With a cup of coffee steaming and a smile on their faces, Hallmark could really have made this a moment.

The thing which bothers me is about the folks which had already occupied this land prior to Joshua’s arrival. Can you imagine the fear they went through? Pretend it was you, a citizen of your own country where this is all you know. Your family and your ancestors grew up and lived here for as long as you can remember. You have worked hard to get where you are at. Sure you’ve suffered losses and hurts but held together and are making ends meet. Then the news hits an army led by God is coming your way to claim what you have and are leaving no survivors. You hear that prior to their attack on Jericho, the captain of the host of the Lord came down and instructed Joshua on how to manage this feat. When those walls actually came down, this army using the edge of their swords left nothing alive not a man, woman, nor child. They went so far as to kill all the animals as well; so instructed by the captain of the host of the Lord. Then after all the slaughtering was complete this army of God burns down what is left of the city. Then you learn of another battle Joshua and his army was in and find out God helped by casting hail stones onto people killing more than Joshua and his army had using their swords. Death tolls where into the tens of thousands. Joshua grew so in power and allegiance with God, he could tell God what to do. He told God to still the Sun over Gibeon and still the Moon in the valley of Ajalon and God did and after such wonders Joshua and army accomplished slaughtering five more Kingdoms. Then when the Kingdoms are wiped out, Joshua takes the five kings and have them lay down and has his captains put their feet on top of the throats of these kings for the world to see the power within this army led by God. After this, Joshua beat and cut the kings and hung them on five trees. Now this army is coming to your town…

Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

Am I the only one having difficulty about the Love of God? I just have a hard time understanding all of this. You can not ignore the old testament for it is what it is.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. amy permalink
    April 18, 2012 10:24 pm

    “Now this army is coming to your town……..” Do you think it’s God’s army that will destroy us? If so, I agree. And I think we’ll hear the trumpet 1st and exit before the walls come tumbling down at the 6th seal.

    • April 19, 2012 7:31 pm

      Amy I really don’t much about any of this, just what I’ve been reading. I actually heard the trumpet blow this afternoon just to find out it was a new ring-tone on my wife’s phone. The exciting thing I’m discovering is I believe God is like big time in the Love department and the stuff about vengeance, fear, and fury was introduced by man to fit the needs of the generation then being taught. What it whittles down to, God loves you as a son/daughter and will take care of you accordingly. If we choose to we can hear and see what God wants us to know. It is different for everyone, what God wants us to know. At least that is what I’m thinking.

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