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Two Dawns in One Day?

Two Dawns

It seems like a title for a science fiction book, not a reality for us in the continental United States on August 21, 2017.  You are probably aware of the total solar eclipse that will occur across the contiguous United States in just a few days; on August 21, 2017.  My family lives in the viewing area, so if the weather cooperates, we should be able to see the eclipse.  Planning for this event has me thinking about times in the Bible where abnormal celestial events are recorded. 

In Joshua, chapter 10, Joshua prayed in the presence of Israel, asking for the sun and the moon to stand still.  And it did!  The sun stopped for a full day.  In 2 Kings, chapter 20, Isaiah prayed to the LORD, asking the sun’s shadow to go back ten steps as a sign to Hezekiah and it was done. 

The sun and the moon are mentioned many other places in the Bible.  A quick search on a topical Bible website will reveal several other mentions of the sun and moon.  (These might be good copy-work practice for the week surrounding the upcoming eclipse!) 

Perhaps the most well-known reference is during Jesus’ crucifixion.  The land was dark for three hours during Jesus’ crucifixion.  This long period of darkness, recorded by Biblical and other historians cannot be explained away as being a solar eclipse.  Because it was Passover, we know the moon was full.  We also know a solar eclipse cannot happen during a full moon.

The excitement surrounding a total solar eclipse is something your children will remember for the rest of their lives.  You can use this event as a teaching opportunity to help cement some fascinating Bible stories in their memories.