Obeying Joshua

During my Bible reading this morning, I came across this scripture:

“So they answered Joshua, saying…“Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of a good courage.”

Joshua 1:16,18

So, Joshua had just gotten done giving a short, uplifting speech to the children of Israel after Moses’ death, and now they’re answering him. And that’s what they said. That anyone who rebelled against his command would be put to death.

Amazing, huh? I wonder what would happen if we implemented that in modern-day America. It would probably be considered a “cruel and unusual” punishment, and we’d have lawsuits out our ears, accordingly. It really wouldn’t work that great with a democracy, anyway.

But there’s still dictators out there today who use this method! Only now I think they’re called tyrants. And the nation is a “restricted” one. Maybe a police state?

So does that make Joshua a tyrant too? No. Here’s the differences between Joshua and your typical modern-day tyrant:

  1. Joshua was appointed of God and led Israel accordingly. He bowed to a higher power, unlike most dictators today.
  2. The people he was leading put this system into place, not Joshua. They wanted to follow him, and decided to get rid of those few who disagreed with God’s chosen leader.

Just a few thoughts for a Thursday morning. :) Have a blessed day, y’all!


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