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至少在我的腦海裡，約書亞是這樣子對自己說話的。他看到了奇蹟，這使他的信心倍增，相信還有更大的神蹟。太陽確實靜止了，而且根據妥拉 (Torah — 摩西五經)，應該有兩個或更多的見證人來證實這點。因此，雅煞珥書 (The Book of Jasher) 提到這事是存在的。我現在不談我對雅煞珥書的看法，讓我們來看看第22節。這些神蹟不僅加增了約書亞的信心，也使敵人更感恐懼。其餘的諸王不想與天上的神扯上關係，所以他們逃進山洞裡！真的很神奇。他們認為他們可以逃避上帝的審判。
「耶和華對摩西說、你向天伸杖、使埃及遍地的人身上、和牲畜身上、並田間各樣菜蔬上、都有冰雹。 摩西向天伸杖、耶和華就打雷下雹、有火閃到地上、耶和華下雹在埃及地上。 那時、雹與火攙雜、甚是利害、自從埃及成國以來、遍地沒有這樣的。在埃及遍地、雹擊打了田間所有的人和牲畜、並一切的菜蔬、又打壞田間一切的樹木。惟獨以色列人所住的歌珊地、沒有冰雹。」193 有人提到，打雷通常不會伴隨著冰雹。194這當然是大神蹟中的一個小奇蹟。即使按照今天的標準，摩西是一位氣象學家，能如此準確地預測這種天氣的模式，這本身已是個奇蹟了。195
第九災也很有意思。「耶和華對摩西說、你向天伸杖、使埃及地黑暗、這黑暗似乎摸得著。 摩西向天伸杖、埃及遍地就烏黑了三天。 三天之久、人不能相見、誰也不敢起來離開本處、惟有以色列人家中都有亮光。」196 最奇怪的奇蹟之一是埃及人似乎無法點燃任何的火… 即使他們點燃了，也無法發出光來。我不知道這是怎麼做得到的…。即使在最黑暗的夜晚，烏雲密佈下，總會有光線穿過地平線透出來。但是對於埃及人來說，這奇蹟將他們所能想像到的光源都拒之門外。
涉及天上的神蹟之多，要花很多、很多年才能一一談論。我們將列出一個小清單來涵蓋剩餘的部分。但在此之前，我想討論一下我最喜歡的一個。我發現討論這個問題很重要，因為根據這是誰說的，在新約的著作中是獨樹一幟的。「當那天晚上、耶穌對門徒說、我們渡到那邊去罷。 門徒離開眾人、耶穌仍在船上、他們就把他一同帶去．也有別的船和他同行。忽然起了暴風、波浪打入船內、甚至船要滿了水。耶穌在船尾上、枕著枕頭睡覺．門徒叫醒了他、說、夫子、我們喪命、你不顧麼。 耶穌醒了．斥責風、向海說、住了罷、靜了罷．風就止住、大大的平靜了。 」197 對此，門徒們在第41節中說：「這到底是誰、連風和海也聽從他了。」 198
但現在讓我們快速重述其中一些我們沒有時間在本書中提及的天上奇蹟。還記得太陽為約書亞停住嗎？太陽為希西家往後退！199 當以色列人在摩西和亞倫的手下，從埃及為奴之地出來時，神為他們在白天移動火柱、晚上移動雲柱。200不僅僅如此，上帝還從天上用嗎哪和鵪鶉餵養他們。201 耶穌不但斥責了雨，以利亞也斥責了，而且三年都沒有下雨！202後來他禱告，雨就下了。203雨在幫助以色列人的道路上也起了一定的作用。雨水破壞了吉甲的莊稼。204雷雨趕走了非利士人。205甚至當摩西領受誡命時，在西乃山上有雷聲、閃電、烏雲，甚至還有號角聲。 206, 207
191 約書亞10:11-16 KJV
193 出埃及記 9:22-26
200 出埃及記 13章
201 出埃及記 16章
213 判決書 6
Part Two: The System of Visible Creation
I: Heaven──Chapter 15: Heavenly Miracles
This chapter, I have added after almost the whole of the manuscript was complete, and I did it for a reason. While there were many miracles we could have looked at in the scope of Biblical Cosmology, none were so readily miraculous as those involving the sky. Yes, there were several involving the earth swallowing people up. The idea that “God is the Lord of heaven and earth” is a radical position to many in this modern age. We can explain away earthquakes and sinkholes with geological science,1 but there is no way to justify certain meteorological events apart from the realm of science, so we must discuss them here.2
In Ezekiel 38:22, God’s punishment of Gog is extreme, and covers many signs from the heavens: “And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”3 This is not a normal meteorological event. God’s hand is against Gog, even though He just used them to punish Israel. God’s hand moves all throughout the Old Testament. One of the most bizarre instances of a heavenly miracle happened to Joshua. There are certain parts of this story that people forget however, so I have decided to include a verse or two before the main story, as well as a verse after. Let us examine the larger text:
“And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, 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. 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. 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. 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. And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.”4
What do you notice within the text? Did you know that it was raining hailstones already? Did it occur to you to step within the mind of Joshua? Let us do that now, and follow a dialogue that he may have had with himself.
“What’s this? They are fleeing but the hailstones are devouring them before we can reach them! I know the Lord has promised that this corrupt bloodline would all fall by our hand, but look! The sun is about to set and there will not be enough time! I know! Since I already see the Lord can control the heavens, I will command the sun to not move! Surely the Lord commands the sun! He is the Lord after all!”5
At least this is how Joshua appears in my mind to speak to himself. He saw something that was a miracle, and it doubled his faith to believe in a greater miracle. The sun indeed stood still, and, based upon Torah, there should have been two or more witnesses to confirm it. Thus, the mention of the book of Jasher is present. I will not go into my beliefs on Jasher at this moment, so let us look to verse 22. Not only did the miracles increase Joshua’s faith, it increased the enemies fear. The remaining kings wanted nothing to do with the God of the sky, so they hid in caves! Amazing really. They thought they could run from God’s judgement.
Something else people miss about this great event is that the moon also, did not move. And they stayed that way for a whole day. That’s simply one of the top ten greatest miracles in the whole of the Word, if you include Christ’s resurrection, and the first six days of creation. I would rate it over the ten plagues of Egypt, at least.
Speaking of that… Let us talk about them. You can argue that biting lice, frogs, and locusts were a heavenly miracle. Sure. I would not argue that. But I want to focus in on the seventh and ninth plague specifically. If you recall, the seventh plague was a thunderstorm of hail and fire. We know fire came down from heaven and devoured Sodom and Gomorrah. This must have been very similar, but not as severe.
“So Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning struck the earth. So the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. The hail fell, and the lightning continued flashing through it. The hail was so severe that nothing like it had ever been seen in all the land of Egypt from the time it became a nation. Throughout the land of Egypt, the hail struck down everything in the field, both man and beast; it beat down every plant of the field and stripped every tree. The only place where it did not hail was in the land of Goshen, where
the Israelites lived.”6 It has been mentioned that lighting does not usually accompany hail.7 This was certainly a minor miracle inside of the larger one. Even if Moses were a meteorologist by today’s standards, the accurate prediction of this weather pattern would also be a miracle in itself.8
The ninth plague is also very interesting. “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the sons of Israel had light in their dwellings.”9 One of the weirdest miracles to be sure was how the Egyptians couldn’t seem to light any fires… Or if they did, they didn’t emit light. I have no idea how this was made… Even in the darkest of night, with full cloud cover, there is some light that comes through the horizon. But this miracle shut out every source of imaginable light for the Egyptians.
There are so many miracles involving the sky that it would take years and years to talk about them all. We shall make a small list to cover the remainder. But before we do, I would like to discuss my favorite one. I find that it is important to address because it stands alone in the New Covenant writings based upon who said it. “That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the east side.” So they left the crowd, and his disciples started across the lake with him in the boat. Some other boats followed along. Suddenly a storm struck the lake. Waves started splashing into the boat, and it was about to sink. Jesus was in the back of the boat with his head on a pillow, and he was asleep. His disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re about to drown?” Jesus got up and ordered the wind and the waves to be quiet. The wind stopped, and everything was calm.”10 To which the disciples said in verse 41: “Who is this? Even the wind and waves obey him!”11
But now let us recount quickly some of these heavenly miracles that we have not the time to touch on in this book. Remember the sun standing still for Joshua? The sun moved backwards for Hezekiah!12 God moved with a pillar of fire by day and a pillar of cloud by night for the Israelites when they came out of the land of bondage from Egypt, under the hand of Moses and Aaron.13 Not only this, but God fed them from the sky with Manna and Quail.14 Not only did Jesus rebuke the rain, but Elijah did as well, and it didn’t rain for three years!15 Then he prayed and it did rain!16 Rain had a part in helping the Israelites along the way.
Rain ruined Gilgal’s harvest.17 Thunderstorms drove away the Philistines.18 And even when Moses received the commandments, there was thunder, lightning, clouds, and even trumpets on the mountain of Sinai.19,20
I indeed am saving one of the most well-known for last. Fire from heaven. We have already seen hail and fire and brimstone in Sodom, Gomorrah, and Gilgal. But the fire from heaven is a specific thing. Much like the fire that moved through the sacrifice of Abram21, the burning bush that Moses saw22, but now we see fire coming down from heaven to do one of two things. To consume a sacrifice and to destroy evil. Fire from heaven kills.
Elisha called fire down from heaven more than once in one day.23 But the most wonderful act that God did was to use fire from heaven to consume sacrifices to Himself. Most famously, this happened to Elijah24 but it also happened to Aaron25 and Gideon26 as well as Solomon.27 James and John had it wrong when they asked for fire from heaven to be cast down on the Samaritans.28
So God is god above all the heavens and all energies and weathers. They obey Him, as they should. For it was He who made them.
1 Though I am not sure that all earthy calamities are science based alone. Satan is alive and well on our earth. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy.
2 Author’s note: I am not ignoring nor dismissing the events that transpired in history involving the earth swallowing people or things of that nature, I am merely suggesting that others may do so and am focusing on heavenly miracles only, as pertaining to Biblical Cosmology.
4 Joshua 10:11-16 KJV
5 This is all conjecture; I am simply putting myself in his shoes for the purpose of storytelling.
6 Exodus 9:22-26, BSB
7 American Meteorological Society from Changnon, 1992
8 Another instance of tongue-in-cheek humor.
9 Exodus 10:21-23 NASB
10 Mark 4:35-39, CEV
12 2 Kings 20, Isaiah 38 – Such a great miracle also is recorded by two witnesses!
13 Exodus 13
14 Exodus 16
15 1 Kings 17
16 1 Kings 18
17 1 Samuel 12
18 1 Samuel 7
19 Exodus 19
20 That would make a really great book title: “Trumpets on Sinai.”
21 Genesis 15
22 Exodus 3
23 2 Kings 1
24 1 Kings 18
25 Leviticus 9
26 Judges 6
27 2 Chronicles 7
28 Luke 9:54
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