Read Joshua 10:1-15(NIV)

Joshua 10:1-15(NIV)

Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and had become their allies. He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters. So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachishand Debir king of Eglon. “Come up and help me attack Gibeon,” he said, “because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.”

Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it.

The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.”

So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”

After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 10 The Lordthrew 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, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!

15 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.

How did God stop the sun, as described in Joshua 10:12-14, in light of the assertions made in previous videos:

  • TOTG! #01: Something that doesn’t move can’t be stopped.
  • TOTG! #02: To make miracles happen,

God uses rational methods within the principles He created to govern the universe. The principles themselves are discoverable through science.

Key Point:

The sun only appeared to stop! God used rational methods within the scientific laws He devised to help Joshua defeat the Amorites in less time than would otherwise have been possible (i.e. before the sun set and darkness came). In particular, God employed 1) the element of surprise, 2) confusion, 3) hailstones to incapacitate the Amorites.

Because the sun was the only objective measure of time in Joshua’s era, God’s interventions contributed to an illusion that the sun had stopped when in fact it had not.

From a 21st century perspective, we might similarly use the expression “time stopped” to describe the experience of accomplishing much more than expected. However, because we have other methods of objectively measuring time (e.g. clocks), we would be able to discern that it is not actually the case.


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