The Day the Sun Stood Still

Chapter 10 of Joshua gives us one of the most astonished account in Biblical history. At its onset, we read of how the king of Jerusalem, one Adonizedek (אֲדֹנִי־צֶ֫דֶק‎‎ – the King of Righteousness, in Hebrew), assembled a coalition of forces against the Israelites, an alliance composed of the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, and himself; it was in essence an assembly of ten nations. Together, these kings and their respective forces set their sights upon the inhabitants of Gibeon, a people who had made peace with Israel (Chapter 9). Messengers from Gibeon sent word to Joshua at Gilgal, begging him to come and save them for war was at hand. With the authority of the Lord behind him, Joshua and his forces set out for Gibeon. In the coming battle, a great miracle was to make a debut…

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Decisions & Loss

Believers should understand the absolute criticality of obeying the Lord. They should heed His word and follow His instructions and commands. Sadly though, we all tend to lose sight of that reality from time to time. True, He is a loving God. He is a merciful Father, full of compassion and grace. Even so, forgiveness is not always without repercussions, and like a good earthly father, sometimes and act of disciple is needed to set our eyes back where they belong, a whipping, so to speak, to remind us later of our misdeeds, and perhaps to keep us on the straight and narrow. This is just what Joshua and his people faced in the time after Jericho…

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A Stranger on the Shore

Chapter 5 of Joshua opens by describing the fear that was in the hearts of the Amorites and Canaanites, the occupiers of the Promised Land, after they had not only heard of the conquests of the Israelites, but also because of what they had seen them do at the Jordan, their God halting the flow of those waters so that the Children of the Nation could pass across on dry land. After a few verses that testify to the Divine command for all of the men to physically and spiritually rededicate themselves to the Lord, we find in verse 13 how a stranger appeared to Joshua…

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Four Faces

There was a time in my life, a time which lasted for quite a duration, in which I didn’t just doubt the Bible, I refused to acknowledge that it held any truth at all. Now, as a follower of Christ, a true believer in His power, and goodness, and mercy, and unending sovereignty, I am utterly amazed by the intricacy of His Word. As compelling as the narrative is, spanning generations as lifetimes are documented all the way from the beginning of time until the years following the resurrection of Jesus, what is truly remarkable is how many remarkable details go unnoticed in our reading of the Good Book. This week we will look at one of those details.

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