“It seems here as if Joshua were paying little regard to what becomes an honest and right-hearted leader. If the people had forsaken God and gone after idols, it was his duty to inflict punishment on their impious and abominable revolt.” (1)
First, let’s grasp a better understanding of who Joshua was. Joshua is a minor figure in the Torah, being one of the spies for Israel (Numbers 13-14) and in few passages as Moses’s assistant. According to the bible’s chronology, he lived from 1550 to 1200 B.C.E. He was said to have passed away at 110 years of age and helped Moses free the Israelites from a land they have been “trapped” in, walking around that hot dessert of Egypt for over forty years, pacing in circles, with no sense of direction and with a very little chance of survival. But how did the Israelites become free? And why didn’t it happen sooner? And were back to the beginning.
Joshua and two others were teaming up in order to find their way out; Moses being the leader. Although Moses and Joshua were correct in worshiping the Lord of the bible, the others weren’t as faithful. Not only did they have no faith; hence, the water broken out from the cracked dry land incident, but they acknowledged other gods as well. “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” (Exodus 14:15) Of course Moses, being a human being with emotions, felt angry at times and with little strength to lead the others. The feeling of irritation was triggered by constantly listening to the people complain, whine, and nag at him repeatedly. Another example is said in the book of Joshua itself “If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.” (Joshua 23:16) Hence, the Lord is a jealous God, whom requires pure faith and obedience to truly be pleased. “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.” (Joshua 24:14)
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) In other words, this verse portends Gods’ ideals of they way he wants to be loved; uniquely and exclusively.