Wednesday – History
“So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day.”
Joshua 10:13 NLT
First, let’s get this part out of the way. The Book of Jashar is thought to be an early telling of Israel’s history in poetic form. It did not make it into today’s Bible perhaps because of a lack of complete early manuscripts. Either way, it must have predated the Book of Joshua in order to be mentioned here.
Now to the strange part.
How could God have stopped the sun? Of course that would have involved stopping the Earth’s rotation which, in theory, would wreak all sorts of havoc throughout the globe.
Some say that it could have been a supernova that lit up the sky even at night.
Some say the wording in Hebrew could be construed to mean it stayed overcast all day.
If God can creat the universe with a few words, surely God could stop the earth’s rotation AND the crazy effects that would cause.
Whatever happened, it was significant or it would not made it into the Bible.
And it involved the miraculous.
I believe the miraculous happens today still.
I believe God is capable of doing whatever He wants.
Why would God go through the drastic measures just so they could defeat their enemies before night fall?
What do you think? Did the event really happen as described?
Some would say no.