The Battle Of Beth-Horon -- By: A. Lincoln Shute

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 084:336 (Oct 1927)
Article: The Battle Of Beth-Horon
Author: A. Lincoln Shute


The Battle Of Beth-Horon

When Sun And Hail Fought For Joshua

Dr. A. Lincoln Shute

A VERY ancient triumph song relates that stars and river fought for Deborah and Barak:

“From heaven fought the stars,
From their courses they fought against Sisera.
The river Kishon swept them away,
That ancient river, the river Kishon” (Judges 5:20, 21).

Just a snatch of an earlier song of victory tells how sun and moon shared in one of the great crucial battles of the world:

“Sun, be thou silent upon Gibeon;
And, thou, Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.
And the sun was silent
And the moon stayed,
Until the nation had avenged themselves of their enemies” (Joshua 10:12, 13).

And history records that even the hail on this occasion was more effective than the sword in the destruction of the enemy.

A Decisive Battle—A Great General

A more or less hazy notion of Joshua’s famous command to the sun measures the extent of the average person’s knowledge of the battle of Beth-horon, one of the great and decisive battles of history, on the outcome of which depended very largely the future of the first of the three great forces of world civilization—the Hebrew, the Greek and the Roman. This battle opened the way to the invading Israelites right through the heart of the enemy’s country from river to sea, made possible the swift conquest of the South and the North, and brought under Joshua’s control nearly all of the territory that afterwards was to form the Kingdom of Judah, that was to prove the center of the chief religious force of history, the King-

dom out of which the Christ Himself was to come. Concerning such a conflict, and the period of conquest of which it was such an important part, F. E. Spencer would seem to be well within the truth when he says, “It was a war for freedom, for the fulfilment of a destiny, for the blessing of mankind, to make room for the progressive and the true ... to find a place for principles.” Such was, indeed, one of the great battles of history, and one of the first in the line of the great generals of the world was the commander of the victorious army.

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