Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Israelites Under Joshua Continue Their War (Joshua 11) - So, it's not over. Apparently, there's still a few more people still alive in the surrounding regions, and they've decided to retaliate against the Israelites. Haven't these people learned their lesson? I guess it's hard to learn when the Creator of the Universe tricks you into dying.
King Jabin of Hazor called on many different kingdoms comprising of Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, and Jebusites. The Book of Joshua says, "And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many."
But Joshua, of course, is comforted by Yahweh, who apparently "hardened the hearts" (Josh. 11:20) of all these people with the explicit intent that the Israelites, and Him, will completely annihilate them.
And they do. It is such a slaughter that it is described in Josh. 11:11 like this, "they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire."
Only Hazor was burnt with a fire, though. Because it was Hazor who started this attack, after Yahweh hardened their hearts, which lead them to go to battle against the Israelites. The other cities were looted.
"And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe." (Josh. 11:14)