The battle of Jericho was an amazing victory for the Israelites. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be there, watching your men of war and the priests silently marching around the city day after day, time after time? After seven times on that seventh day, the silence was broken by shouts of war and the sound of trumpets and walls crashing down!!
After such an incredible occurrence, is it any wonder the people assumed God’s blessing on them and (over) confidently marched to take on the little city of Ai – without first inquiring of the Lord?
I was pondering this today and wondered what it might look like in my life. Yes, part of the reason for their terrible defeat at Ai was because of sin in the camp; yet if they had sought God before rushing out to take the city, they would have been able to deal with it before it was a problem.
How very important it is for me to not rush into my day assuming all is well and I am following God’s plan!! I am all the more determined to seek the Lord every morning for His direction for my life and to be sure I am not harboring any sin in my heart that will hinder the work that He wants to do through me.
Heavenly Lights: Noah's Journey
Series: Daughters of Zelophehad #2
Published by Harbourlight Books
Publication Date February 20, 2020
Genres: Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Israel Creation to the Judges
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: Adults
Fiction from Joshua 5-8; the daughters of Zelophehad go forth with God into the book of Joshua.
Noah bat Zelophehad might have broken tradition by being able to inherit her father’s land, but her heart’s desire is to have the finest herds in all of Israel, something an orphaned and unmarried woman has never achieved.
Jeremiah ben Abishua cannot speak, nor hear. God has made his thoughts captive to his mind. But he can communicate with one shepherdess, a woman who sees his skill with animals and treats him like a man worthy of respect.
When their people disobey God and incur his wrath, Noah and Jeremiah must overcome tragedy in order to change perceptions in the tribes of Israel. Will their kinship desire to care for one another and the four-legged creatures God has placed in their care, be able to flourish in a land filled with enemies of the One True God?
God gave Noah bat Zelophehad four sisters, a way with four-legged creatures, and a strong spirit. She will need all three gifts to thrive in the Promised Land of God and find love with a special shepherd.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Lioness: Mahlah's Journey, Claiming Canaan: Milcah's Journey
It is always such a pleasure to read Biblical fiction and to reconsider what I had always thought I knew about the event. To see things I hadn’t seen before or simply to stretch my imagination.
Heavenly Lights depicts events surrounding the battle of Jericho and the defeat at Ai mostly from the viewpoint of Noah, a daughter of Zelophehad. The complications involved with being a shepherdess in a male-dominated society were quite interesting to ponder. Duties considered normal for a shepherd would have been taboo for her or compromised her reputation.
And then there is Jeremiah, the deaf-mute shepherd who questions his worth because his family treats him as if he has none. I loved the way he and Noah developed a way of communicating with one another through a combination of lip-reading and sign language.
Care for the herds and the camels and other animals was described in several parts of the story. Situations like a difficult birth of a camel resulting in a potentially lame baby, predators, and a premature bull all added color and interest. And in some places, smells. Noah came up with some interesting solutions for problems with the animals.
I liked the idea that the repercussions of the walls falling caused more than just better access to the city for the army. I won’t tell you what happened, though. While reading this, I was so surprised I hadn’t considered before – it just simply made sense. I also really liked the way Rahab was portrayed, her faith and the way the Israelites might have dealt with her immediately after the battle.
If you enjoy Biblical fiction, Heavenly Lights would make a great addition to your library.