A Day Like No OtherBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 10/22/2023Foundation Scriptures:
Joshua 10:5-14 KJV
Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.
7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
8 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.
9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
10 And the Lord discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
12 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.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
14 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.
1. The Plan of the Enemy.
a. Five Kings came together to attack—not Joshua—but the city of Gibeon, which had made peace with Joshua.
b. Joshua had destroyed the cities of Jericho and Ai.
c. And the leaders of Gibeon chose to make a league—or peace pact—with Joshua, whilst pretending to represent a different nation.
d. They knew God was on Joshua’s side and they were afraid of him and his God.
e. When Joshua found out about the deception, he still honored the covenant that they made.
2. God’s Plan.
a. Joshua, like Moses before him, was successful because he always inquired of the Lord before he made a move.
b. The Lord responded by encouraging him to “fear not!”
c. God made Joshua two promises: I have delivered them into your hands; and no man shall be able to stand before you.
3. God’s Hand.
a. Joshua marched all night and surprised the enemy in the morning.
b. When God is on your side, and you are on His side, you have nothing to fear.
c. But if you come against God, and His own people, you have everything to fear.
d. God discomfited the Amorites—they became confused and fearful—and were defeated and destroyed.
e. As they fled before Joshua, God rained huge hailstones down on them, killing more of them than the sword had.
f. By now, the sun was preparing to go down.
g. So as not to lose the battle or allow the enemy to escape and regroup, Joshua needed more daylight hours to fight and defeat them once and for all.
4. The Sun and Moon Stood Still.
a. Joshua spoke to God and then he commanded the sun and the moon to stand still in the places that they were.
b. The sun was in the process of setting over Gibeon and the moon was over the city of Ajalon in the valley of the same name.
c. This is the first time that a man commanded the solar system to stand still, and it obeyed.
d. Later, God listened to Hezekiah and turned the entire solar system backward ten degrees (2 Ki. 20:9-11; Isa. 38:8).
e. The sun and the moon stayed in their place for about one whole day.
f. Not only did God perform this great miracle, but He also miraculously strengthened Joshua and his army because they fought three whole days and one whole night.
5. Supernatural Acceleration.
a. Supernatural Acceleration, coming out of this week.
b. The time is short, the end of all things is at hand.
c. The work must be done and must be done quickly.
d. This is why God is speeding things up for us and slowing things down for the world.
e. The Sun and the Moon stand still.
f. One more hour of daylight.
g. This is our finest hour.
h. The enemy is frantic—the enemy will destroy himself.
i. We are on God’s timetable.
j. It won’t require many, just a few—full of the Holy Ghost—to accomplish God’s eternal purpose in the earth!