DAILY WORD 8/26/20

31. It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

Hebrews 11:31 NLT

Today’s passage talks about Rahab the harlot who was saved when the city of Jericho was destroyed but this passage is also about Joshua and his Faith as well, so you get a Profiles on Faith to-for!

Yesterday we began to look at Joshua as the new leader of the Children of Israel and how his Faith allowed him to lead the people in the conquest of the city of Jericho but honestly, I left out a large portion of the story, knowing that today’s passage was forthcoming.

Today we look at several things that constituted the Faith of both Joshua and Rahab which allowed the Israelites to take the city and saved Rahab’s family from destruction along with the rest of Jericho.

God had put Joshua in charge of His people and He solidified His Choice with a Miracle. He caused the waters of the Jordan River to recede so that the host of the Children of Israel could pass over it during its flood stage.

This both facilitated the approach to Jericho and cemented Joshuah’s status with the people. But it did a couple more things as well. It showed Joshua that God was with him and Capable of doing whatever it took to Help him to guide His people, and it Displayed God’s Power to all of the people of the lands nearby.

They saw what it was they were up against and they feared the Israelites greatly. Winning a battle or two was one thing but stopping a river as great as the Jordan by simply placing the Ark of the Covenant in it was something else entirely!

But this was only the beginning of the Mighty Works that God was about to unveil. Joshua had sent spies over to Jericho to assess the strength of their enemies. They chose Rahab’s house to hide in. They were spotted going into the city and the soldiers came to her and told her to give up the spies.

Rahab had a choice to make. She could do as she was told, sparring her immediate reputation, or she could defy the orders and potentially spare her life.

She realized that the Children of Israel were coming and that because God was on their side, the city was already lost, so she made a bold choice. Rahab hid the spies and told the soldiers they had already left, sending them away to look for them outside the city.

Once they were gone, she made a deal with the spies to spare her and her family’s lives for saving their lives. She had both Faith that God was indeed Powerful and was going to take the city and that the spies would honor their word.

When Joshua and the children of Israel began their march around Jericho, Rahab gathered her family into her home as she had been instructed. When the Children of Israel shouted after the priests blew their trumpets as Joshua instructed them and the walls fell, Rahab and her family were spared from the slaughter.

Joshua’s Faith solidified the people’s faith in him and his ability to lead them, and Rahab’s Faith saved her and her family’s lives. They both displayed Faith in God’s Power and Capability and both were Blessed Greatly for their Courage and Belief.

We as Believers today must be willing to face the difficult times that come against us with Faith as well, Trusting that God will Deliver us from even assured danger. He has Promised that He will never leave us or Forsake us and even in the midst of certain death, He will Keep His Promise.

Rahab was a prostitute and her Faith saved her. Joshua was a replacement and his Faith helped make him a great leader. It doesn’t matter who you are or how you start out if you have Faith in God’s Plan and follow His Guidance you can become great. All it takes is Faith, Trust, and Belief.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday and Stay Safe out there!

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Chris Reid

A lifelong poet and lyricist, and aspiring novelist, who’s taken to heart the old adage, “Only what you do for Christ shall last.”