After the Gibeonites tricked the Israelites into a treaty, the kings of the land around them became angry. They wanted everyone to band together and destroy the Israelites but the Gibeonites chose not to fight. So the kings of the cities around Gibeon gathered together to fight against Gibeon. The Gibeonites cried out to the Israelites for help.
Joshua gathered his army and God told them not to fear that they would win the battle. So they marched all night and surprised the enemy. The Israelites fought hard and got their enemy on the run. As the enemy was going the other way, God rained hailstones down on them so that even more died from hail than from the Israelites’ swords. At one point in the battle, Joshua became concerned that the sun would go down and their enemies would escape. So he spoke (in the power of God) to the sun and moon and told them to stand still until their enemies were defeated. And they did!!! God stopped the sun for a whole day so the Israelites could finish off their enemies. When God is on our side, no one can stop us, not even nature!
Discuss how God took control of nature to help his people in this story (hail and sun standing still) and in others (famine in Egypt, Jesus calms storm, etc.). Remind your child that God has the power to change anything in their life they need him to!
Draw a picture of the sun over the battle to remember how the sun stood still.