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Rahab: Harlot, Liar… Ancestor of Jesus?.


Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab (Matthew 1:5).

Many first-time Bible readers are surprised to learn that the New Testament begins with a genealogy (Matthew 1:1-16), Jesus’ family tree. Those same readers are even more surprised when Rahab shows up on the list.

Most of us know about her. She is almost always mentioned by in the Bible as “Rahab the harlot.” But that’s not all. Rahab was also a Canaanite-who were the hated enemies of Israel. Her most exemplary deed was telling a lie. Think about that. A Harlot, a Canaanite and a liar. You wouldn’t think she would have much chance of making the list, but there she is.

You can read about Rahab in Joshua 2 and Joshua 6….

It’s a great story with many lessons, but we mustn’t miss the point that Rahab was a harlot. That was her “trade.” The men hid there because people would be accustomed to seeing strangers come and go at all hours of the night. We also can’t deny the fact that Rahab told a bald-faced lie. Is there anything good we can say about her? Yes! She was a woman of faith. You don’t have to take my word for it. Hebrews 11:31 says, “By faith Rahab …” She was a believer!

Many people are intimidated by Jesus ChristThey hook him up with a lot of religious paraphernalia-big sanctuaries, stained glass, beautiful choir, pipe organs, formal prayers, and all the rest. When they look at the trappings, it’s all very intimidating to them. To many in the world today, Jesus seems too good to be true.

This genealogy is in the Bible to let us know that he had a background a lot like yours and mine. He called himself “the friend of sinners,” and he said he didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. He said, “The Son of man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.” (Luke 19:10)

The same grace that Rahab experienced is now available to you. I invite you in Jesus’ name to come and be forgiven. He’s already made the first move. The next step is up to you.


Published here by permission of Keep Believing Ministries.

Ray Pritchard

 

How to Confuse the Enemy.


So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets…. And the people shouted with a great shout, [ and ] the wall [ of Jericho ] fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
Joshua 6:20

Recommended Reading
Judges 7:15-23 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%207:15-23&version=NKJV )

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Paul says the people of God do not “war according to the flesh.” Our weapons are “mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” A classic example of fighting differently was when the “stronghold” of Jericho was taken by the Israelites (Joshua 6).

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The world is not used to seeing God’s people act unexpectedly. So when the armies of Israel marched around Jericho for six days, and on the seventh day blew their celebratory trumpets and gave a shout of victory, they likely didn’t know what to think. Israel rushed over the collapsed walls and took the city. The same thing happened when Gideon used torches, pitchers, and trumpets to completely confuse his enemies (Judges 7). The armies were thrown into confusion and fled the scene.

Satan is the author of fear. When God’s people are courageous instead of fearful, their enemies — spiritual or human — are confused. Trumpets and shouts of praise are signs of victory by faith!

We should be always wearing the garment of praise, not just waving a palm branch now and then.
Andrew Bonar

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Acts 24-26

By David Jeremiah.

Seeing Red: A Look From the Wall.


And [Rahab] sent them [the Israelite spies] away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window. Joshua 2:21
Recommended Reading Hebrews 11:30-31 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2011:30-31&version=NKJV )
When Joshua was ready to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, he chose two men and sent them to spy out the land–and especially the city of Jericho: “When you get to Jericho, find a local prostitute and spend the night in her house.

You will be less conspicuous that way.”

No, that is definitely  not  what Joshua told the spies.

He didn’t tell them where to stay–he left that to their discretion and God‘s provision.
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When the spies entered Jericho and met Rahab–who was, indeed, a prostitute in the city–they discovered a unique person.

She had an immoral lifestyle, she lied to the officials of Jericho about the men being in her house, but she also had a striking spiritual sensibility.

She knew God was going to give Jericho over to the Israelite army, and she didn’t want to perish with the city, so she made a bargain with the spies and remained safe by binding a scarlet cord in the window on the city wall. F

or her faithfulness, the spies agreed her house and family would be spared in the attack.

We should never anticipate  how  God is going to accomplish His purposes.

His ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). We should prepare to be surprised and submissive to His will.

God’s ways are behind the scenes, but He moves all the scenes which He is behind. John Nelson Darby
Read-Thru-the-Bible Proverbs 21:1–26:28.

By David Jeremiah.

Book of Joshua.


Introduction to the Book of Joshua

The book of Joshua details how the Israelites conquered Canaan, the Promised Land given to the Jews in God‘s covenant with Abraham.

It’s a story of miracles, bloody battles, and dividing the land among the 12 tribes.

Characterized as an historical account, the book of Joshua tells how a leader’s obedience to God resulted in divine help in the face of overwhelming odds.

Author of the Book of Joshua:

Joshua; Eleazar the high priest and Phinehas, his son; other contemporaries of Joshua.

Date Written:

Approximately 1398 B.C.

Written To:

Joshua was written to the people of Israel and all future readers of the Bible.

Landscape of the Book of Joshua:

The story opens in Shittim, just north of the Dead Sea and east of the Jordan River.

The first great victory was at Jericho.

Over seven years, the Israelites captured the entire land of Canaan, from Kadesh-barnea in the south to Mount Hermon in the north.

Themes in the Book of Joshua:

God’s love for his chosen people continues in the book of Joshua.

In the first five books of the Bible, God brought the Jews out of slavery in Egypt and established his covenant with them.

Joshua returns them to their Promised Land, where God helps them conquer it and gives them a home.

Key Characters in the Book of Joshua:

JoshuaRahab, Achan, Eleazar, Phinehas.

Key Verses:

Joshua 1:8
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”(NIV)

Joshua 6:20
When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. (NIV)

Joshua 24:25
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he drew up for them decrees and laws. And Joshua recorded these things in the Book of the Law of God. (NIV)

Joshua 24:31
Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel. (NIV)

Outline of the Book of Joshua:

• Joshua’s Assignment – Joshua 1:1-5:15

• Rahab Helps the Spies – Joshua 2:1-24

• The People Cross the Jordan River – Joshua 3:1-4:24

• Circumcision and a Visit by an Angel – Joshua 5:1-15

• Battle of Jericho – Joshua 6:1-27

• Achan’s Sin Brings Death – Joshua 7:1-26

• Renewed Israel Defeats Ai – Joshua 8:1-35

• Gibeon’s Trick – Joshua 9:1-27

• Defending Gibeon, Defeating Southern Kings – Joshua 10:1-43

• Capturing the North, a List of Kings – Joshua 11:1-12:24

• Dividing the Land – Joshua 13:1-33

• Land West of the Jordan – Joshua 14:1-19:51

• More Allotments, Justice at Last – Joshua 20:1-21:45

• Eastern Tribes Praise God – Joshua 22:1-34

• Joshua Warns the People to Stay Faithful – Joshua 23:1-16

• Covenant at Shechem, Joshua’s Death – Joshua 24:1-33

Battle of Jericho – Bible Story Summary.


God Performs a Miracle in the Battle of Jericho


Ancient Wall Similar to Jericho WallsJoshua obeyed and God brought Jericho’s walls down.

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Scripture Reference:

Joshua 1:1 – 6:25

Battle of Jericho – Story Summary:

The battle of Jericho featured one of the most astounding miracles in the Bible, proving that God stood with the Israelites.

After the death of Moses, God chose Joshua, son of Nun, to be the leader of the Israelite people.

They set about to conquer the land of Canaan, under the Lord’s guidance.

God said to Joshua, “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV).

Spies from the Israelites sneaked into the walled city of Jericho and stayed at the house of Rahab, a prostitute.

But Rahab had faith in God.

She hid the spies from the king’s soldiers, and when the time was right, she helped the spies escape out a window and down a rope, since her house was built into the city wall.

Rahab made the spies swear an oath.

She promised not to give their plans away, and in return they swore to spare Rahab and her family when the battle of Jericho began.

She was to tie a scarlet cord in her window as a sign of their protection.

Meanwhile, the Israelite people continued to move into Canaan.

God commanded Joshua to have the priests carry the ark of the covenant into the center of the Jordan River, which was at flood stage.

As soon as they stepped into the river, the water stopped flowing.

It piled up in heaps upstream and downstream, so the people could cross on dry ground.

God performed a miracle for Joshua, just as he had done for Moses, by parting the Red Sea.

God had a strange plan for the battle of Jericho.

He told Joshua to have the armed men march around the city once each day, for six days.

The priests were to carry the ark, blowing trumpets, but the soldiers were to keep silent.

On the seventh day, the assembly marched around the walls of Jericho seven times.

Joshua told them that by God’s order, every living thing in the city must be destroyed, except Rahab and her family.

All articles of silver, gold, bronze and iron were to go into the Lord’s treasury.

At Joshua’s command, the men gave a great shout, and Jericho’s walls fell down flat!

The Israelite army rushed in and conquered the city.

Only Rahab and her family were spared.

Points of Interest from the Battle of Jericho Story:

• Joshua felt unqualified for the monumental task of taking over for Moses, but God promised to be with him every step of the way, just as he had been for Moses.

This same God is with us today, protecting and guiding us.

• Rahab the prostitute made the right choice.

She went with God, instead of the evil people of Jericho.

Joshua spared Rahab and her family in the battle of Jericho.

In the New Testament, we learn that God favored her by making Rahab one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

• Joshua’s strict obedience to God is a key lesson from this story. At every turn Joshua did exactly as he was told and the Israelites prospered under his leadership.

An ongoing theme in the Old Testament is that when the Jews obeyed God, they did well.

When they disobeyed, the consequences were bad.

The same is true for us today.

• As Moses’ apprentice, Joshua learned firsthand that he wouldn’t always understand God’s ways.

Human nature sometimes made Joshua want to question God’s plans, but instead he chose to obey and watch what happened.

Joshua is an excellent example of humility before God.

Questions for Reflection:

Joshua’s strong faith in God led him to obey, no matter how illogical God’s command might be.

Joshua also drew from the past, remembering the impossible deeds God had accomplished through Moses.

Do you trust God with your life?.

Have you forgotten how he brought you through past troubles?.

God has not changed.

He promises to be with you wherever you go.

 

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