Joshua 10:5-13 (ESV)
Then the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered their forces and went up with all their armies and encamped against Gibeon and made war against it. 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.” So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. 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.” So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal. 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. 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. 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.” 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.
Israel had made a treaty with the Gibeonites, as we saw the other day, although Joshua cursed them because of their deception, he agreed to care for and defend them. So true to his word, he started toward the battle, to defend them. The Lord assured Joshua that He would give the people attacking Gibeon into Joshua’s hand. The Lord honored Joshua and his word, even though they–the Israelites–were not supposed to make treaties with the people of the land of their inheritance.
But the most amazing thing of this story to me, is that the sun stood still for about a day so Joshua and the Israelites could defeat the armies that came against Gibeon. Second most amazing part is the hailstones that fell on and killed the enemies of Israel and Gibeon.
The lessons that I think we can learn from this are: 1) Honor your word. Even when you shoot your mouth off, if you say you are going to do something, do it. 2) Trust God for help. When things look bleak, God still cares about us. 3) God took care of the situation, and even stopped the hands of time for about a day, because Joshua asked Him to do so.
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by Virgil Stripes
Picture: damage to a car by hailstones