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March 13, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again

 

Daily Reading: Joshua 9-11

 

Joshua 10:13

And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

 

Do you remember all the way back to the book of Genesis when the Lord met with Abraham on the plain of Mamre? It was there that our Lord, our great Champion uttered the immortal words in the form of a question: Is anything too hard for the Lord?... (Genesis 18:14) Over the past few days we have been reading about miraculous actions performed by God for Israel. The waters of the Jordan River being parted, the walls of Jericho falling down, the manna ceasing, and now the sun standing still for a whole day.

 

Why? Why did the sun stand still? Because Joshua commanded it. As some in the south would say “Now, splain that!”  It cannot be explained. It cannot be understood, but it can be believed. God’s Word said it happened, and as with all other miracles of God, He does not tell us how.

 

This was a notable miracle indeed. It has to do with time. Joshua, and Israel, needed more time to accomplish their tasks. In some ways it reminds the reader of Hezekiah’s prayer which resulted in God adding 15 years to his life (II Kings 20:1-6). To prove God’s pronouncement, He caused the sun dial to go backwards 10 degrees (II Kings 20:11). The sun had to move backwards to cause the shadow on the sun dial to move backwards. In our world time is a constant. It never stops, the sun always moves through the sky according to its set pattern, and of course the sun never moves west to east, always east to west. But in these instances, it did.

 

There is another notable scripture about time. Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. This will take place during the great tribulation that is to come upon the earth (Matthew 24:21). We do not know when this will happen or how, but mark it down it will.

 

Yes, the Lord asked the question “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  Based upon these miracles concerning time, and the hundreds of others listed in the Bible we can conclusively say, without fear of contradiction that with God, all things are possible. Just as Jesus stated in the books of Matthew and Mark. Think about some of the notable, unbelievable, absolutely astounding miracles recorded in the Bible. For if God could create the world in six days, perform all the miracles of the Exodus and wilderness wanderings, stop the mouths of lions in Daniel’s day, stop the power of the fire in that burning fiery furnace, heal Naaman of leprosy, make an axe head swim, put Jonah in the whale’s belly, heal the lame, give sight to the blind, and bring Lazarus back from the grave He can do anything! For, with our Lord, there is nothing too hard for our Lord. So, what do you need Him to do? Just ask, and if it is within His will to do, He will do it!

 

Dr. William T. Howe

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