Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sun, Stand Still!

March 25: Joshua 9-11

6 And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, “Do not relax your hand from your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the hill country are gathered against us.” 7 So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. 8 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.” 9 So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal. 10 And the Lord threw them into a panic before Israel, who struck them with a great blow at Gibeon and chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11 And as they fled before Israel, while they were going down the ascent of Beth-horon, the Lord threw down large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died because of the hailstones than the sons of Israel killed with the sword.

12 At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,

“Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.

Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. 14 There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.

Joshua 10:6-14, English Standard Version

Sun, Stand Still!

Jericho had fallen, Ai had fallen, and the men of Gibeon had tricked Joshua into thinking they were from a far country, preferring servitude to death. The Armorite kings knew that they were next; their only hope was to band together to face the Israelites. Their plan was to go against Gibeon, because they had made a covenant with Israel. Strategically, it was a wise decision, but was it good enough?

When God fights for you, there is no force powerful enough to defeat you. When God fights against you, there is absolutely no hope of winning. Today's reading is a powerful example of that truth.

As the Armorite kings approached their city, the Gibeonites came to Joshua, pleading for help. Observe the hand of God in this amazing battle in the plains of Gibeon.

8 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands. Not a man of them shall stand before you.” 9 So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal. 10 And the Lord threw them into a panic before Israel, who struck them with a great blow at Gibeon and chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azrkak and Makkedah. 11 And as they fled before Israel, while they were going down the ascent of Beth-horon, the Lord threw down large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died because of the hailstones than the sons of Israel killed with the sword.

Time, however, was running short; soon it would be dark. Joshua turned his face to God and said,

“Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”


Then what happened? Nothing is impossible for our God who created this world in which we live!

And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
until the nation took vengeance on their enemies
.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow, for there is no God like our God!

Do you really want to be an enemy of God? It really is that simple, you know! Who will you serve? There really is no middle ground; we are servants of Christ or servants of Satan. Though, in our world today, Christians seem to be defeated by forces much more powerful than they, it is not the sun that will stand still, it is time itself that will cease!

The battle is already won! There are no forces that can defeat this glorious God we serve. Only in Him is life everlasting!

God Bless You,
Linda

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