Joshua's Long Day
There was some foundation for the Bible narrative of
Joshua's long day. Some Bible students claim that the language of the
Hebrew text teaches that the day was dark, that the Sun did not shine at
all--an extremely unusual thing for Palestine. The enemies of Joshua were
Sun worshipers, and the darkness of the day foreboded that their Sun- god
was eclipsed. In the narrative, the immense hailstones killing so many
seems quite in line with this interpretation--that the day was dark
instead of light--that the obscurity of the Sun and the Moon was really a
great phenomenon, which Joshua made use of to discomfit the foe,
commanding the Sun and the Moon to stay hidden!--Joshua 10:11-14.
The other explanation is equally logical. It assumes
that the Sun was visible during the day, and that heavy clouds refracted
the Sun's rays unusually late in the evening--until the Moon rose, so that
there was no time without light.
Either explanation is satisfactory. It is quite
unnecessary that any stumble over this Bible narrative.
The triumph of Gideon's little army over a host,
typified the final victory of Christ and His followers over the hosts of
Sin. The broken vessels represented self-sacrifice to let the light shine
out--the trumpets the Gospel Message--the sword God's Word. Of Gideon and
his brethren it is written that each looked like the son of a king. Christ
and His followers all are Godlike in character.--Judges 7:16-25;8:18.
Jephthah's daughter was not sacrificed in death as a
fulfilment of her father's vow. She merely took the vow of perpetual
virginity and figuratively became dead to the world after spending a brief
season with her virgin friends. The Bible is simple and reasonable when
The overthrow of the Midianites by Gideon's band and
Jephthah's dedication of his daughter to the Lord in perpetual virginity,
belong to the period of the Judges, of whom Joshua was first.--Acts
Gideon's Band--Light Bearers