October 11, 2020

Joshua 2:1-end-The chapter opens with Joshua sending two spies into the land of Jericho, The spies were housed by Rahab the harlot, who told them of all the stories they have heard concerning all their journey from Egypt and how their God had conquered different lands for them. She told them the whole inhabitants of Jericho are afraid of them because they know it would soon be their turn. She made them swear that her whole family will be spared during the time of their attack on the land. They agreed as long as she kept her own part of the oath by not exposing them to the king who was looking for them. She hid them in the roof and let them down through the window with the scarlet thread and advised them to stay hidden for three days in the mountains until their pursuers had gone and back.

There are so many lessons in this chapter 2. The first is the wisdom given to a harlot to house and hide the two spies. People generally would have given up on such a person because of the business she engaged in. Any woman that had turned herself to a prostitute had lost the sanctity of life, dealing with different men to earn her living. Yet she was the one having heard all the stories of the way the God of Israel had shown His power to deliver the children of Israel from the hand of Pharaoh and then drowned them in the Red Sea while the children of Israel passed through, and how the LORD had been fighting their battle for them from one nation to the other. She believed their God is the God of the whole world and decided to show kindness to them and would like to be spared together with her family. The word of God tells us that the LORD does not judge by outward appearance but by what is in the heart (1 Samuel 16:7)  Though she was a prostitute, her heart was drawn to the LORD. The second lesson from this episode is the way God uses people to carry out His plan on the earth. He used this woman to save her entire family from destruction. All of us are vessels in His hand. The plan of God is for us to know Him, fear Him, and love Him and give our lives to Him. Romans 10:10 says “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.” Rahab believed the God of the children of Israel and confessed Him with her mouth by all she said to the spies. Later we will see how the LORD honored this harlot because she believed in Him.

Even in this present generation that we have the Bible with us to read and appreciate the God of Israel for who He is, yet many people doubt the POWER that was displayed by Him all through the ages. If we believe that all POWER belongs to Him, it should have been easy for us to call on Him whenever we are in difficulties. If we believe in Him, we should have read that there are consequences for committing sin, and we should have run away from all of them. The Bible says the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). We do not have the wisdom that can save us from destruction. Rahab had this wisdom to believe in God and be saved from destruction. The same grace that was given to Rahab to save herself and her family from destruction is also available to us today if we can just believe our Lord Jesus Christ that came to die for us so that we can be saved from eternal damnation, which is separation from our Creator.

If you have not given your life to Christ, or you go to church but not serious with your faith by completely surrendering your life to Him, it is not too late today. You can turn to Him and rededicate your life to Him. He will accept you because He is always knocking on the door of our hearts and His arms are wide open to receive us. I pray for the GRACE of God to be released upon us all so that we can finish our race strong and be with Him at the end, in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Shalom!!!

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