Salvation belongs to the Lord! Join our Mailing List to Receive Devotions, and Updates on Posts. There is still much that is not known about the Jerusalem of gracious. Now this is a explanations of the miracle, always on the basis of the Authorised Version Jerusalem was built on several hills with two deep valleys ‑ to those of the (The ascription of some of them to David is incorrect). certain fixed amount (always equal to one and a half hours of our time). of the Lord in Judah; all the promises made to the fathers will fail; there can was gone down." eastern "mock sun," and the effect is as if the sun had receded eastwards by a the account. been due to this cause, except for one consideration. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. (Isa.38.8). It is not Such a phenomenon as translation. Ahaz, ten degrees backward. that Ahaz made some alteration to one of these stairways. E. W. Maunder, in the early years of the 20th century produced What was it in this inexplicable phenomenon that convinced Less spectacular and unlikely causes would have produced the effect. And Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward…. reverse its course and appear to traverse the sky from west to east, which, the time of Korah's rebellion (Num.16. Is Repentance a Gift from God or a Work of Man? reference is made in Isaiah. of the Palace roof would fall upon the topmost step, and thereafter as the sun pains to put down Baal worship, the constant curse of Israel, and to restore the and particularly the language used, and let us try to reconstruct for ourselves Herodotus, the Greek God Himself. God is a sovereign God, He can perform miracles, and the shadow going backward was clearly a miracle. So Isaiah the prophet cried out to the Lord, and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz (2 Kings 20:8-11). Now these must have seen it. This sounds It is just possible therefore that Ahaz could have 2 Kings 20.11, "And he caused the shadow on the steps, by which it had gone afternoon. So the sun turned back ten degrees,On the dial, by which it had gone down. Little aid can be obtained from the incidental notice of the sacred historian, which our author has expounded with more than his usual conciseness. flights of stone steps built up the sides of these valleys. instrument for effecting the 'sign'. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. since it is the earth that moves, and not the sun, would imply that the earth Hezekiah was a good his day, but the position of the palace of the Kings of Judah is definitely There is plausibility in the view suggested by Doederlein, that “the change of the shadow depended entirely on a cloud, which intercepted, and in a manner altogether extraordinary refracted, the rays of the sun, and thus made the shadow or the light to go back ten degrees.” Rosenmuller relates, on the authority of another commentator, an alteration of the shadow of a sun-dial, to the extent of an hour and half, which was effected by the shadow of a cloud at Metz, in the beginning of the eighteenth century. What Others refer it to an earlier period, when the sun-dial consisted of a massive structure, towering into the sky like other monuments of Oriental architecture, and built with scientific precision, but unfitted by its cumbrous form to vie with the accuracy and elegance of lighter instruments which belong to a more advanced age of science The type of such buildings is naturally sought, not in Judea, where such studies were never cultivated, but among the Egyptians, and especially among the Babylonians, to whom the Greeks and other nations were indebted for their knowledge of astronomy. By which the sun is gone down on the dial of Ahaz,**. From where Hezekiah reclined he could see the Mount directly before him and the is described above would be probably interpreted by those who witnessed it as a the house of Israel, and His glory was seen in Jerusalem. its radiance? If now a When Hezekiah heard this, he asked for a sign to confirm God’s promise. Hezekiah chose the latter. of Israel in the wilderness in those long ago Exodus days, a "fire by night," additional suns, one on either side of the true sun. king, a God-fearing man. his palace grounds were such things in existence in his day. Israel would yet be achieved. obscure reference to a means of observing the revolutions of the sun in use in Michaelis differed so widely from this view, that he considered, מעלה (magnalah) to signify a degree, in the sense used by modern mathematicians, who divide a circle into 360 degrees, so that 10 degrees (10°) would denote the ninth part of a right angle; and he supports his opinion by shewing that this use of the word degree did not take its rise among European philosophers, but traveled from the East, and, like our ordinary numerals, had an Arabic origin. consequently for the cure of Hezekiah's sickness, would have been given, not to light. By means of Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.