“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.”
We’ve been studying space rocks this week and learning about a whole concentrated belt of them orbiting the sun between the planets of Mars and Jupiter. There’s a theory that these chunks of ice and rock are remnants of an exploded planet. This hypothesis is aptly named “The Exploded Planet Hypothesis.” The fact that such a theory exists in mainstream astronomy has me wondering why the same scientists are so quick to dismiss “The Flooded Planet Hypothesis.”
If we’re willing to consider a planetary event cataclysmic enough to obliterate one planet and damage neighboring planets with a shower of debris, why is a temporarily drenched planet so out of the question? Maybe the ancient global flood accounts found across every continent deserve a little more credence than they’re given.
The fact is, as securely as we may currently dwell on our little blue dot, the universe is a pretty volatile place. Crazy stuff happens. Planets explode. Others get hammered by debris. They change temperature. Their water dries up. They get flooded.
We shouldn’t be surprised when we read in passages like Joshua 10, Job 9:7 and Habakkuk 3:11 that “the sun stood still.” If you need to be reminded why not, just scroll on back to last week’s Devo 15. It’s all God’s. The Sun, the moon, the stars, the earth and everything in it. He made everything for His glory and His good purposes.
Sometimes those purposes might include judging the whole earth in a world wide flood, or raining down space rocks (perhaps from an exploding planet?) on an enemy, or adding hours to a day in order to bring victory to a servant who dared to ask.
Interesting isn’t it, that the book of Joshua records the asking and granting of the request as the truly remarkable thing, rather than interruption of the sun’s course in the sky.
“The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since when the Lord heeded the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.” Joshua 10:13,14
As 2 Kings 3:18 says, “This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord.” This commanding of the sun, this summoning of waters, this granting of victories and judging of man. Those are small things for a big God. But heeding the voice of a puny man? That truly was remarkable!
And yet, that’s the kind of God we serve. The God of Joshua and the stand-still sun is the same God who loved us enough to die for us, despite our futile rebellion against Him. He is the God who hears and heeds every broken and contrite heart that cries out to Him in repentance, as surely as He heard and headed the voice of Joshua on that remarkable day. And as He fought for Israel, He surely will fight for you. Just ask.