Summary: God created time, and will someday end it, and in heaven time will be no more. In the meanwhile, we shouldn’t be surprised at the fact that God can stop time if He so desires. Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Presentation.
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God created time, and will someday end it, and in heaven time will be no more. In the meanwhile, we shouldn’t be surprised at the fact that God can stop time if He so desires. Sometimes I wish we could do that, and often we wish we could speed things up.
The children of Israel are being led by General Joshua, and they’re taking over the land of Canaan. That includes modern day Israel. They were taking over that land one city at a time.
They had already taken Jericho. Then they went up against Ai. And there was sin in the camp, and Achan was the culprit. God brought that to light, and Israel was made right with Him, and then they took the city of Ai.
The King of Jerusalem heard about these conquests:
v. 1-2 He was scared
3-6 Basically a league of nations. These 5 kings got together saying “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. They’re about to find out that United They Fall, because you simply can’t fight against God. Men have always pooled their efforts to try to kill Him, and you just can’t!
The children of Israel heard about this union that was formed, and they, along with the Gibeonites pulled a surprise attack on them.
9-11 These 5 kings and their mighty army are in retreat. They run and run until they come to a narrow pass. Joshua has them right where he wants them. He realizes that he must utterly destroy this enemy, else they will surely come back to haunt him later. Israel was told to finish the job, not do it halfway. But he has a problem, there’s not enough time to finish the job, right.
Joshua prays for more daylight, so he can finish what he started. Look at this incredible prayer of faith:
12-13 Time stands frozen, and the earth experienced an extra day.
For years, skeptics made fun of this story and said, “Hogwash, that never happened, it couldn’t happen. It’s just folklore, it’s a fairy tale.”
They say, everyone knows it’s not the sun that moves anyway, our planet revolves and rotates giving that impression!
That’s true, but Joshua here is simply using language that we all do. After all, can you imagine him saying, “Earth, stop revolving and rotating, thus making it appear that the sun is not setting?”
The weatherman has been to school, and yet you can go home and watch the news tonite, and he’ll tell you when the sun will rise tomorrow, and set tomorrow night.
The important thing here is not how God did it, the important thing is THAT He did it.
He could have used light refraction to do it…he could have stopped the motion of the entire universe…he could have caused the sun to move in the opposite direction if he wanted to.
Other skeptics say, if something like this happened, it would be a major historical occurrence. You’d think we’d have some mention of it in the annals of history, other than just the Bible.
The fact is, we do have other historical records:
Most every ancient culture that you can study has a record of an extra-long day. Just like most of them have a record of a world wide flood.
Here’s some research for you:
Records of the Chinese during the reign of Emperor Yeo, who lived in Joshua’s day, report the strange occurrence of an extra long day.
Also, Herodotus, a Greek historian, wrote an account of an extra long day, left to us by the Egyptians.
Others cite records of the Aztecs in Mexico reporting the sun standing still, in a year denoted as 7 Rabbits. That is the same year that other historical records show Joshua defeating the Philistines and conquering Palestine.
Other cultures: Incas of Peru, Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Polynesians. Some refer to the sun standing still; others call it an extra long day / night. Why do you suppose? (The sun doesn’t shine everywhere at once!)
History says this happened.
Someone may say, I just can’t believe the Bible, it’s contrary to the laws of the universe.
In order to have a law, you have to have 2 things:
• Someone powerful enough to create the law
• Someone powerful enough to enforce the law
Is God powerful enough? He is the creator by the way! Can’t a clockmaker stop his clock if he wants to?
God doesn’t obey the laws of nature; the laws of nature obey God!
So, History says it happened…
Here’s some personal application:
What is in this for us today?
1. The reliability of God’s Word.
2. The reliability of God’s Care.
v. 14 “the Lord fought for Israel”
You say, I wish He would fight for me. I’ve got battles of my own. I wish I could get Him on my side!