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The Prayers of the Old Testament (6 of 13)
The Prayer of Joshua
Clarence E. Macartney
Joshua we think of as a fighter and a soldier, and not
as a man of prayer. But prayer is a battlefield, and
on that field, as well as on the visible and bloody
field of carnage, Joshua was a great captain. The
Angel of the Lord who appears so frequently in this
narrative of the conquest to guide and direct Joshua,
is a noble illustration of the truth that the great
leaders and workers for righteousness in this world's
history have themselves had an invisible and mighty
Leader and Deliverer. Even those who, like Cyrus, did
not know the true God, like Cyrus may have been girded
and guided by God to do His will.
Jericho and Ai had fallen to the arms of Israel. The
king of Jerusalem, the same who mutilated his captives
by cutting off their thumbs and great toes, formed a
confederacy of five kings and marched against Gibeon,
which had made a treaty with Israel. The Gibeonites
sent an urgent message to Joshua asking for immediate
help. A less honorable man than Joshua might have
rejoiced at the dilemma of the treacherous people who
had duped Israel into making peace with them. But the
treaty was sacred in the eyes of Joshua, and with the
assurance that not a man of them would stand before
him, he made a rapid night march of twenty miles and
fell upon the army of the five kings at Gibeon,
driving them in utter confusion and with great
slaughter down the mountain passes.
The battle is memorable for the natural phenomena
which accompanied it, the rain of hailstones which
slew more than the sword, and the prolongation of the
daylight. The history tells us that Joshua appealed
for more daylight in order to complete the overthrow
of his enemy. That appeal is handed down to us in the
form of poetry, and the writer of the Book of Joshua
quotes it as coming from the Book of Jashar, a book of
which we know ...
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