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Joshua was one of the twelve spies Moses sent out to explore the Canaan land. We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them. They gave Moses conflicting reports and the community was divided and the people rebelled against Moses. Joshua knew the importance of the spy operation.
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But he sent only two highly reliable men to spy out the city of Jericho. He chose the quality not the numbers. Though his immediate task was to cross the Jordan River, he had vision to conquer the walled city of Jericho ahead and prepared for it whole-heartedly. Leaders must be men of vision. Look at verse 1. They were faithful men of God.
They were chosen due to their proven records of faithfulness. What was the risk for two spies? They risked their lives for their mission. They needed courage and commitment to carry out their mission. They had to be faithful to their mission.
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Joshua trusted two spies and they carried out their mission faithfully. What was the reaction of the king of Jericho? He also had his own intelligent network in place and found out that Israelite spies infiltrated his own city. Look at verse So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land. The intelligence gathering was so advanced. Rahab was the target of investigation of hiding the spies. He responded very quickly to capture the spies.
How did Rahab react to the threat of the king? Look at verses She said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from.
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I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them. But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof. She welcomed them to her house and provided the lodging and protected from Jericho CIA agents.
Though she knew that they were the spies from Joshua, she hid them on the roof with the stalks of flax. But she gave them the wrong direction. She made sure that no further search might be made for them in the city of Jericho. As soon as the Jericho CIA agents left the city, the city gate was shut. They went to the direction of the Jordan River while the spies were hidden in the city. It was treason against the king and she betrayed her country.
She confronted danger of execution when she was caught by Jericho CIA. She faced death sentence if the king found that she hid the spies. She risked her own life to hide the spies. Why did Rahab take such a great risk and even betray her own country? This is very difficult question to answer. She made decision of faith to welcome the spies. She stood up in a critical moment to side with God away from those who were disobedient. She believed that God has given this land to the people of Israel.
She believed that God is the Lord God Almighty creator of all things. She stood up for the people of God. She made decision to save her life. She was low in her position in the society but she stood up for God. She would be destroyed if she did not disassociate with the people of Jericho. She decided to submit God in a desperate situation. She feared God not fear the king of Jericho. She confessed that Jericho was in the hand of God. When we lived in the darkness of sin, we were filled with the shame and guilt and suffered a lot under the fear of death.
What is the basis of her faith? God is God of history. There were pagan gods in the Canaan land at that time like Baal, Ashtoreth, and Molech. But they were not living but dead idols. When we carefully observe what she said, we see that she had a sense of history which stemmed from her creation faith. Therefore, she confessed her faith based on the historical fact. God of Israel proved himself as the living throughout the history. He intervenes in our lives.
She knew that her own country doomed to be destroyed and people of Jericho were melting in fear because of the presence of God Almighty among the people of Israel. Her faith was certain that God rules the world because he is God in heaven above and on the earth below. God is God of all creation. The whole world belongs to him. She sided with God risking her life and betraying her own country. She demonstrated her faith in God. It was inconceivable that King David would be born three generations later through her line.
It is an awesome reality. She taught Boaz the story of faith many times. It was a tough decision. I was glad that I chose God betraying my country and people. Live by faith. If mother is a Jew, children will be Jew. I respect CBF teachers. Augustine and Sarah Park are doing important mission shaping our teenagers to have faith foundation in their young years. What matters to be in the history of God? Does nationality matter?
Does blood line matters? Doses size matter? Does color matter? Does race matter? Does gender matter?
Not at all. Then what matters? Only faith matters. Rahab was the most unlikely person to be in the history of God. By faith Rahab got in the salvation history. She got in the hall of faith. What do you think? Yes, we can get in. By faith she believed that God existed and he is the creator of the heavens and the earth. God rewarded her faith by making her to become the mother of Obed. She made decision of faith by choosing the way of life. She knew that the city of Jericho was doomed to be destroyed.
When the luxury cruise line Titanic sank in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April after colliding with an iceberg. People jumped out from the sinking sheep to the lifeboat to save their lives.
More than passengers and crew died who remained in the sinking ship died because there were not enough lifeboats in the ship. Jesus is our lifeboat. Jesus is our shelter, shield, and protection.
In Christ all will be made alive. Rahab changed her destiny by siding with God when the opportunity was given to her by faith. How about us? Rahab rebukes the current generation by her faith. We are rebellious and disobedient against God by our unbelief. Many people deny God as the creator of the heaven above and earth below.
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