I started this thread as an investigation to see if the God of the old testament who is never changing is good. So I'm putting down facts I find as I go.
OK in Joshua Chapter 3 vs 9-11
Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites
Now please observe that there are 7 enemies(Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites)
At this stage of the investigation I propose they are spiritual demons that we all have and have to overcome. This may explain what jesus said in Matthew Chapter 12 vs 43-45:
43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
So I am starting my case by saying the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites represent 7 sinful natures of man. So in the rest of the biblical books they will be non-changing as spiritual obstacles.
Now looking at Joshua 6:
So Joshua Chapter 6 vs 12-20 no longer sounds violent or cruel:
12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.
15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a] to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”
20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the Lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
I will continue to show in this thread that man needs to make a 666 to 777 conversion. We were created on day 6(Evening, Morning and Day count = 666)
The bible hints all the way through about the number 7, 77 and 777. Of course nobody believes Lamech lived to be 777 or it's a coincidence there were 77 Generations between Adam and Jesus in one of the geneologies and 42 on the patriarch line(14+14+14) = 77 77 77