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“Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” - Joshua 10:12.

Comment:

Seeing that the Gibeonites had made peace with the people of Israel, Adonizedek, king of Jerusalem, invited four other kings in the land of Canaan to join him in a combined attack on Gibeon so as to punish them for making a peace treaty with Israel and also to stop the advance of Joshua and his army.  Gibeon was just six miles from Jerusalem. Besieged, the people of Gibeon sent for Joshua, a prophet and man of valour whose name was changed by Moses the prophet. (Numbers 13:8,16) Undeterred by the size of the opposition and having received assurance from God that he would deal the enemies a crushing defeat, Joshua moved swiftly all through the night and took the enemies by surprise. God also sent hail stones which killed more people than did the Israelites. Joshua, knowing that the enemies would regroup again to attack him if left to escape prayed God Almighty, to give His people a prolonged day light. The prayer was heard in that, “...the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” There has been no day like that since then. (Joshua 10:13, 14) Joshua thus distinguished himself as a man of great faith in God and as a man of integrity. Jesus Christ stated, “...And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” - Matthew 21:21, 22.

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