1. Joshua 10:14 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Did not the LORD also listen to Abraham and Moses?

Joshua 10:14 (ESV)

14 There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD heeded the voice of a man, for the LORD fought for Israel.

God’s answer of Joshua’s prayer is consistent with scriptural teaching that the Lord hears the cries of his people for deliverance (Joshua 24:7; Exodus 2:23–25).1 There are other examples where the Lord listens to the requests of his people (e.g., Genesis 18:22–33; Numbers 14:11–21; Deuteronomy 9:19; Deuteronomy 10:10). However, what distinguishes the prayer of Joshua is the immediacy of the response. Even the life of Moses had nothing so immediate and dramatic with such a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

Additionally, the Hebrew word translated as listen should instead be translated as obey. It is a much stronger word than the Hebrew words used elsewhere to describe the Lord listening to Moses.2