The Day the Sun Stood Still

Springing forward and falling back give us a sense that something about the sun’s rotation has changed when actually the only thing different is our routine.

For a real example of the sun doing something miraculous, we don’t have to look any further than the Bible.

In Joshua 10, Joshua and the Israelites are early in their campaign from leaving the desert wanderings to take over and occupy the promised land.

Five kings joined forces and set up around Gibeon, an ally of the Israelites. God told Joshua not to be afraid of the kings because He will give them victory. After marching all night, Joshua and the Israelite army surprised the kings, which brings us to verse ten:

10 The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 

11 As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.

12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
    and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”

13 So the sun stood still,
    and the moon stopped,
    till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,

as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.

14 There has never been a day like it before or since

We can adjust our clocks but only God can change time.

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