March 20, 2012

80 - Sun and Moon stand still

Joshua Commandeth the Sun to Stand Still
James Tissot
Chareen's Thoughts
  • Yesterday we read about how the Israelites did not consult with the Lord and as a consequence they were caught by a deceiving nation.  Today's reading starts with them being rebuked by The Angel of the Lord who prophesis that this nation will be a trap to the nation of Israel.  He also reminds them of their covenant to destroy all the things of the land and make no treaties.
  • Now the King of Jerusalem heard about the cities of Jericho and Ai being destroyed so he joined forces with four other kings to attack Gibeon who had made a treaty with Israel.
  • This time Joshua seeks the Lords advice and is told to go and fight for Gibeon.  The Lord helps Israel fight and he kills more Amorites with hail than Israel had defeated with the sword. 
  • During this confrontation Joshua says:... Sun, be silent and stand still at Gibeon, and you, moon, in the Valley of Ajalon! And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance upon their enemies. Is not this written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of the heavens and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. Joshua 10:12-13
  • There was no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man. For the Lord fought for Israel. Joshua 10:14
  • When the five kings saw they were being defeated they hid in a cave.  Joshua command the army to pursue their enenmies and slay them. The five kings were struck down and burried in the cave where they had hidden. 
  • After these victories Joshua and Israel conquered the whole region of the Negev and Judean foothills.
  • Next the kings of Mermon are defeated and Hazor is burned
  • Joshua took all that land: the hill country, all the South, all the land of Goshen, the lowland, the Arabah [plain], the hill country of Israel and its lowland,From Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. Joshua 11:16-17
  • So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses, and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their allotments by tribes. And the land had rest from war. Joshua 11:23  
There was no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man. For the Lord fought for Israel. Joshua 10:14 Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You-- Jeremiah 32:17

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