Did The Sun Stand Still in Joshua 10:12-15?
Do you think there is anything more to the passage, Joshua 10:12-15? The NASB says “the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies… the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.” I’ve heard everything from this being a solar eclipse to scientists at NASA discovering a “lost day”. Appreciate your thoughts!
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Joshua 10:12-15 says, “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord on the day when the Lord turned the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, And moon, at the Valley of Aijalon!’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the Book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hurry to go down for about a whole day. There was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel. Then Joshua and all Israel with him returned to the camp at Gilgal.
You can find many studies to argue a literal ‘sun stood still.’ There’s a theory growing around the idea that there is a missing day in the calendars. Think about any of Jesus’ miracles. He turned water to wine, stopped a storm, and healed someone instantaneously. He created new eyes for a congenitally blind person. Jesus raised Lazarus and Himself from the dead. Every one of these miracles breaks the laws of physics. Let’s look at Jesus turning water to wine. In this time, the best wine was considered to be wine that had aged and mellowed. Bacteria cannot ferment at any rate instantaneously. This tells us that God’s supernatural power was at play. He broke all the laws of nature. Everything He did in a miraculous way broke what we would call the laws of repeatable, observable, science, physics, and chemistry. God can handle the appearance of age or a day without a second thought. He doesn’t have to work within our constructs.
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