Miracles and Salvation (Joshua 10)

Last post on Joshua we encountered the Gibeonites, those tricksters who “bluffed” their way into salvation, but who became true members of the people of God, serving the temple.  In fact, in 1Chronicles 12:4, we find out that the man in charge of Davids 30 mighty men is a Gibeonite.  He serves faithfully in the kingdom of David.  But that is to get ahead of the story.  In Joshua 10 we encounter a miracle during a battle.  Joshua cries out a request to God for the sun to stand still in order for the evil Amorites to be destroyed.   and we are told,

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.  There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a man.  Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel! (Joshua 10:13-14)

It is precisely the nature of this single miracle that makes it a magnificent type of Christ’s crucifixion and Salvation.  Just as the Lord fought for Israel and subdued the land so that they could thrive and spread out, so our Lord cried out on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know now what they do.”  And then he died.  The miracle of God becoming man and dying in his place is a miracle of redemption.  But it was pictured in the battle where the sun stood still as the Lord listened to the cry of the leader of his people and answered it.  So he did again as Jesus hung on the cross and delivered his people from the wages of sin.  Truly there was never a day before or since that was like that day on Calvary.

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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