Dominion Over Time

A Remarkable episode, showing the possibility of dominion over time, is recorded in the early experience of Joshua and the children of Israel in the promised land. They had successfully crossed the river Jordan into the boundaries of Canaan, the land which had been promised them. They had overthrown Jericho and Ai, two powerful strongholds of hostile tribes, and had made a treaty of peace with the princes of Gibeon. After the consummation of this treaty, Joshua received a sudden and imperative call for help from the new allies. Five powerful kings of the country had formed a league with the purpose of destroying the people of Gibeon for having made peace with the children of Israel. At the command of God, Joshua proceeded to lead his entire army against this seemingly powerful coalition.

Success attended the children of Israel at the outset, as it always did when they were unswervingly obedient to divine law. One thing only seemed to be lacking—time in which to complete the victory. We read at this point in the Biblical narrative that Joshua, in the sight of all Israel, said, "Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon." The account proceeds: "And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed. . . . So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel."

February 5, 1927

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