Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Yahweh Demands that Israelites be Circumcised a SECOND Time!!! Ouch! (Joshua, Chapter 5) - Imagine that you're a soldier in Iraq a few years ago. You're lined up with a few hundred other men, crouched down behind a ditch and ready to move into Fallujah. It's expected to be a vicious firefight. And, for the sake of argument let's pretend that you've already been circumcised at birth.
Then word comes down the line that you're commanding officer requires that all soldiers, even those already circumcised, must get a second circumcision before the battle. This is basically what happens to the Israelites before they mount their assault on Jericho. And, I'd imagine that's when some young Israelite soldier coined the term, "WTF?!?"
What's worse is that the Israelites were so numerous that they actually created a "hill of foreskins". I tried to find an image of a "hill of foreskins", and unfortunately the only image I came up with was the one pictured above, and a bunch of homosexual photos and some weird reference to "docking", which I won't get into here. Let's just say that some people have way too much time on their hands!
After the men healed, the Captain of Yahweh's angelic host came down to visit Joshua, with a message from the Big Man Himself. "Take off your shoes, Bub, for you are on Holy Ground."
And that's where Joshua, Chapter 5 ends. The Book of Joshua is turning into a rather odd tale, with tales of intrigue, spies, supernatural beings, and a hill of foreskins.