Joshua: Absurdity

  1. "Her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall."
    Since Rahab's house was built on the wall, how did she and her family survive when the wall fell down? (See Joshua 6:20) 2:15
  2. The priests were able to cross the Jordan without getting their feet wet. Glory! 3:8-17
  3. God tells Joshua to make some knives and circumcise all the males born during the Exodus at the "hill of the foreskins." 5:2-3
  4. It took the Israelites 40 years to travel from Egypt to Canaan, yet such a journey, even at that time, would have taken no more than a few weeks. 5:6
  5. Joshua meets a man with a sword in his hand who claims to be the captain of God's army. Joshua seemed to think the strange man was God himself, as he bowed down to worship him. Apparently God's captain agreed, telling Joshua to take off his shoe, since he was standing on holy ground (as Moses was told to do in Exodus 3:5). But whoever was, he disappeared, never to return again. 5:13-15
  6. "And Joshua fell on his face." 5:14
  7. God's plan for the destruction of Jericho: Have seven priests go before the ark with seven trumpets of ram's horns. Then on the seventh day, they go around the city seven times. Finally, the priests blow a long blast from the ram's horns, all the people shout, and the walls will fall down. 6:3-5
  8. Keep yourselves from "the accursed thing". Whatever that is. But be sure to save all the silver and gold for God! 6:18-19
  9. Joshua and all the elders tear their clothes, fall on their faces, and put dust on their heads. They perform this tantrum because the Israelites lost a battle (God was punishing them because one man (Achan) "took of the accursed thing"). 7:1-13
  10. "And Joshua ... fell to the earth upon his face." 7:6
  11. "And Joshua rent his clothes." 7:6
  12. Joshua wrote the entire law of Moses on altar stones. (Must have been some big stones!) 8:32
  13. After writing the law on stones, Joshua read every commandment of Moses to the people, along with all the blessings and curses. (That must taken several days and been fun to listen to!) 8:34-35
  14. "And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way."
    God slaughters the Amorites and even chases them along the way. 10:10
  15. "The LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them ... and they died."
    As the Amorites try to escape, God sends down huge hailstones and kills even more of them. 10:11
  16. In a divine type of daylight savings time, God makes the sun stand still so that Joshua can get all his killing done before dark. 10:12-13
  17. "The Lord fought for Israel." 10:14, 42
  18. "And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which as of the remnant of the giants." 12:4, 13:12
  19. The children of Joseph complain about getting only one portion. Joshua tells them that if they want more land, go capture some from the giants or the Canaanites -- who had iron chariots, which made them too strong for even God to defeat. (See Jg 1:19.) 17:15
  20. God's plan for accidental killings: Establish some cities of refuge that accidental killers can flee to so they won't be killed by "the avenger of blood." 20:1-9
  21. An altar called "Ed". 22:34
  22. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you." 23:10
  23. God sent hornets to fight for the Israelites. 24:12
  24. Just before he died, Joshua wrote "these words" (which words?) in "the book of the law". Then he put a big stone under an oak tree, saying "this stone shall be a witness unto us." 24:26-27 Good idea.