Im going to number list a few question because I tend to get carried away in drawn out sentences Im having trouble understanding Joshua 24.
1. (Joshua 24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.)
Q. "Other side of the flood"? what exactly does that mean? Flood of Noah was generations before Abram.
Q. Abram's father's Terah and Nachor served other gods?
2. (Joshua 24:3 I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.)
Q. Canaan would be the land of Israel later correct?
Q. Abram also had a son Ishmael through the egypt servent to Sarah. Ishmael almost died and God said before Sarah's servent that Ishmael's seed would be multiplied. I've read elsewhere that muslum's believe Ishmael's seed is the chosen people instead of Abrams lineage through Isaac and Jacob/Israel which later begot Christ. Muslims say Ishmaels lineage begot Muhammed? So WHY is it that Joshua 24:3 only mentions Isaac as Abraham's son?
3. (Judges 1:1 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 Canaanites first, to fight against them?)
Q. I thought that Joshua led them to the Canaanite's and defeated them? Maybe I've just missunderstood Joshua 23 because GOD gave them rest from their enemies, and Joshua began to divide up the land?
4. Joshua 22... Whats the deal with the Children of Gad and Reuben? They didnt want to fight so God said he would punish them by walking 40 years in the wilderness until the earth consumes them, OR fight and be forgiven and get the land across from Jordan before the land promised to Israel. So they chose to fight and live. And then built an Altar for God, which enraged the other 10 tribes of Israel? So much they wanted to go to war with Gad and Reuben. Reuben explained it wasnt a Burnt offering altar but an altar to show generations to come the witness between the 2 tribes and the other 10 tribes of Israel... I think? But as I said whats the deal with Gad and Reuben? Ungrateful?
Beyond those questions...
Tabernacles were sacred shrines for the lord which only the family of Levites could enter? If anyone else or anyone of sin were to touch or go in would certainly die? Am I correct on that? I believe it is written in Numbers about it... and I've heard from someone that someone was walking near the tabernacle and it was about to collapse over and they tried catching what seemed to be falling but when they touched it they died?
And just a last note from Joshua, The walls of Jericho comming down was amazing to read
Im sure I had more questions but I've lost myself in this LONG post... I hope to get some good feedback, thank you all for reading and your input!