Do what Thou Will shall be the Whole of the Law
Hello everyone and welcome to the next part of our study of the Bible and the Occult! We have just started on the book of Joshua, and in our last post we saw how he was the new Hero Archetype for the nation of Israel, and how he was planning to go to war with a nation to take their land to settle in.
Today will be a continuation of that story, but the build up with start to come to a climax, as we have all surely been waiting for I believe. So buckle up and get ready for some more of the story on Joshua and the nation of Israel as we look at the next five chapters in the Book!
Joshua 6- The City has Fallen
In this chapter the climax has finally come! Israel is instructed by their prophet, Joshua, on what to do, and how to do it. The instruction were very specific. For six days circle the city in silence. On the seventh day, circle it then blows the trumpets and shout, and the city walls shall fall and Israel will take everything.
I personally do not like this chapter much. For though it is a chapter about victory, this victory comes at a terrible cost, and it’s that of killing even children. I did not like reading this, and it bothers me that something like that is in there.
Anyhow, Joshua had received instructions from the Divine, on how to do this. The Divine, if you will, is probably his Higher Conscious, or Holy Guardian Angel. However, if this is the case, I feel like his calling was wrong. He should not have gone about this via killing children.
The story is brutal. I feel a lesson to learn here is that deep within us all, our primitive self, the Shadow, lurks, and it can cause us to do terrible things. They can be great things, but terrible nonetheless. I believe that what happened in this story merits more sadness than it does victory.
I’m certainly not a Christian anymore, but if you are interested in what some Christians say about this passage what the video below. I believe that would only be fair and objective to see what someone of a different belief says about this chapter and what it means to them.
Joshua 7- Anathema Stoned!
In this chapter we see that a person within Israel’s tribe commits an act of stealing, and the Divine knows about this. The Divine then lets Joshua knows that Israel shall be destroyed for the actions of this one person unless they are to repent and do a ritual that would show them who stole the items.
However, Joshua’s relative came to him and let him know it was in fact he that did that. Joshua, in his zeal and passion, had the boy stoned for this act, and all his belongings burned to the ground. The Divine was then please with him after this.
In this chapter I believe there is more of a power trip going on. Joshua is taking his status as the leader and prophet of his religion too far. To have someone killed over stealing something just seems like too much in my opinion. I could be wrong, and I am open to suggestions from everyone over this!
Other than to show how important it was to listen to the Prophet, I’m not sure what else this chapter could be conveying. Perhaps psychologically we can see that the shadow part of our self can cause us to do things that we later regret, and in this story we see that to an extreme.
If you want to know more about this chapter, check out the Sin of Achan. It goes in a little more detail than what I did on this topic.
Joshua 8- Capture of Ai
No, not the capture of Artificial Intelligence, but the capture of the city Ai. Basically, here the same thing happens as what happened before with Jerrico. The Israelites demolished a town, killing all the people in it, and this time they were allowed to plunder it and take all they wanted.
After this the whole city was burned to the ground. It’s interesting here that the Isralites would win when Joshua raised his staff up in the air. This is a sort of symbol that we often see with the Hero, who stands with arms outstretched.
So maybe that helps explain this myth, not from a literal perspective, but from a psychological one. Joshua, the hero, is conquering what seems to be impossible. The battles with these chapters are much like the battles within our own life. We should conquer those evil thoughts and desires.
This is the only good way I could spin this passage honestly.
Joshua 9- A New Deceiving Friend
In this chapter we learn about a tribe that comes to Joshua and claims to be from a far away land, known as the Gibeonites. Well they deceived the Israelites into believing that so that they could live in peace, making a covenant that was then sealed.
When Joshua found out they had deceived him, he proclaimed that they would be slaves to the Israelites, gathering water and working on wood. I believe that this myth was used to explain why there was a great amount of Gibeonites who worked in those professions in ancient Israel.
It was also written to probably explain why those people lived peacefully with the Israelite community back in those times.
Joshua 10- War on Gibeon
Seeing the power of Israel, and that the Gibeonites had allied themselves with the Israelites, some kings were not happy. So they banded together to take the Gibeonites out for good.
The Gibeonites were to face off against five different kings and nations, so they naturally called upon Israel to help them out. Israel did just that.
It is interesting to see all this play out, and it kind of shows another dark, impossible moment for the Hero Joshua and Israel. However, the Divine wanted him to go in at those nations, and indeed, the Divine promised him that he would be okay.
Ultimately he was. I still feel like Joshua may be trying to justify conquering be attributing it to the Divine of his Religion. But at any rate, the Israelites were able to win another battle.
So now we have gotten to some more violent parts of Joshua. There is a lot going on and there are many ways to interpret these passages.
Keep in mind that I use the New American Bible, Revised Edition. It is a superb Catholic Translation of the Scripture, and I have been using it for my studies for yes!
So I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I will get back to you! Also, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a post and share with your friends and family!
Love is the Law, Love under Will