Several members of our church are reading The One Year Bible, which reads through the Bible, an OT, NT, psalm, and proverb passage every day. We are currently in Joshua. I was stunned by the speed of his military campaign against the five Amorite kings in chapters 9 and 10. More Amorites died from large hailstones than from the sword. It was in this campaign comes the famous episode:
Joshua 10:12-13 (ESV)
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.
Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day.
In my mind, the account of the eradication of the Amorites is a faint echo of Jesus’s forecast of the end of the age:
Matthew 13:41-43 (ESV)
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You that Your ways are not my ways and Your thoughts are not my thoughts. Although I don’t fully comprehend Your work in the world, I invite You into my heart, my parish, my city, and my county today. Yazoo City is the gateway to the Mississippi Delta. I invite you into the Delta today. I cry out for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done in the Delta as it is in heaven.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come with haste, Jehovah Sabaoth. Come to the Delta today. Amen.