I’m in the book of Isaiah. Several posts are coming out of it. I’ve got a few more lined up. This one should spark a little discussion. And I’m perposely mispelling alot of werds in this sentince to try to get you OCD’ers to chime n. I’m trying some of John’s advice on how to get lots of comments on a blogpost.
Let the debate begin.
“Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the sun’s shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.”
What I’ve been able to find in my research is that Jews of this time believed that the earth was stationary and that the sun traveled around the earth. Important in the debate… maybe. Just interesting to note.
The chapter opens up with King Hezekiah being sick and about to die. (by the way, this story is also in 2 Kings 20.) Isaiah has come to give a word from God “Thus says the Lord… you’re about to die. Get your house in order.”
Both accounts have Hezekiah getting before God in prayer to plea for healing.
God hears his prayer, and tells Isaiah to go back to Hezekiah and inform him that God has heard his plea, and will actually add 15 years to his life. It is interesting that in the 2 Kings account, Hezekiah asks for a sign that God will hold true to His word and heal him. The Isaiah account doesn’t mention this. Obviously both accounts are just as inspired by God and just as true. Both accounts have God granting a sign to Hezekiah. God will “make the shadow cast by the sun turn back 10 steps.”
I’ve heard some say that God Stopped the Sun. Which is somewhat crazy, since the sun is already in fact stationary. It is kinda like saying that God made the water wet. We know from our first grade solar system mobile, that the earth orbits the sun. Others will say that the earth stopped orbiting the sun. While yes, God could do this, he wouldn’t necessarily ‘have to do it’ to pull off this sign to Hezekiah. Still others will say that all of the sudden the universe literally took ten steps backward. Note this doesn’t just affect the position of the earth to the sun, this affects all of the universe. All orbits would have changed. All celestial bodies would have been affected. Could God do it? Of course He could. He flung the stars in place. He is in command of all.
How God pulled it off, doesn’t matter. The point is He did. He did it for one person. King Hezekiah was a good king at a time that kings were really bad. Hezekiah was faithful to God and at this moment, God heard Hezekiah’s prayer and performed this incredible miracle for one person’s benefit.
As long as we don’t change our view of who God is and create a ‘new’ God that is incapable of doing these things, in my eyes it really doesn’t matter. Let’s face it, in comparison, God did a much greater thing when he turned back our hearts to Him. His plan that led to our salvation is His symphony. This little sun dial miracle is a parlor trick in comparison.
So what do you think? I’ll chime in with my thoughts if someone will get the ball rolling.