Excerpts from my 4th book “The Falsehoods of the Bible (Old Testament) due out 2021.
Sessions – 84
The Book of Judges Chapter 1
In Sessions 83 Chapter 24 of Joshua we learned the true meaning of the phrase “The God of Israel.”
The authorship of The Book of Judges is unknown—for whom would omit to such fantasies.
The sins of the Canaanites within God’s eyes were great, for their sins included, child sacrifices, snake worshipping, and prostitution among crimes of many.
Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Ca’-naanites first, to fight against them? And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand (Judg. 1:1-2).
The question I have is: why did God allow the Canaanites to sacrifice children to begin with? What was he doing when they were committing these heinous crimes?
There can only be three plausible answers here—for anything else would nothing more than excuses: (A) He allowed the crimes of the Canaanites, and threw the kids under the bus, for the glory of his name and that of the Israelites. (B) The rumor of him being perfect, is just that—a rumor. (C) He doesn’t exist. I’ll go with option C.
And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Ca’-naanites and the Per’-iz-zites into their hand: and they slew of them in Be’-zek ten thousand men.
And they found Adon’-i-be’-zek in Be’-zek: and they fought against him … But Adon’-i-be’-zek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes (Judg. 1:5-6).
As the story goes, for years King Adonibezek had captured many kingdoms around about, and taken their kings and cut off their thumbs and big toes. He would humiliated them further by keeping them alive under his huge dining room table and feeding them table scrapes from his meals. In turn—the Israelites would do the same to him. Afterwards, they dragged him off to Jerusalem—where he died.
Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire (Judg. 1:8).
I realize it is not mentioned in the annals of Judges, but Judah would annihilated every man, woman and child in these wars, except in Jerusalem because it would coincide with Judges Chapter 1 verse 21 to 36. Oh; one more point of interest here: Nowhere in recorded history (except in the Bible) are the exploits of killings and land grabbing by the Israelites a reality.
The following verse brings into question—the validity of God’s existence: And the LORD was with Judah; and he drove the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron (Judg. 1:19).
If God truly existed and indeed wrote the Bible, than Judges 1:19 would not exist. Period. For if a true God stands with you—then nothing can stand against you.
And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jeb’-u-sites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jeb’-u-sites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day (Judg. 1:21).
Most of the twelve tribes of Israel, would follow the footsteps of Benjamin in the coming years. This would be a total violation of God’s covenant of not being in league with the inhabitants of the land by utterly destroying them and their altars.
Ivan Peter Kovak