Looking Ahead and Looking Up
Generous Giving God, today, with Your help, I want to spread light and not shadows, grace and not pain, love and not apathy.
Read Joshua 2:17–24
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“Think of it: Rahab, a prostitute, had several qualities worth emulating. A street-smart openness to truth, the courage to make a tough decision, she was willing to join a new family, she was loyal to her own family, and she had a lasting loyalty to the Lord” (John Huffman).
The movie Groundhog Day has someone living the same day over and over with slight changes each time. Similarly, the entrance of the Israelites into Canaan can seem
The movie Groundhog Day has someone living the same day over and over with slight changes each time. Similarly, the entrance of the Israelites into Canaan can seem like a rerun of the Exodus, but with differences! But although much is familiar, it’s not the same. We will see some of the differences in the days to come. Today’s reading has an obvious parallel with the Exodus. On the night of the Passover, the Israelites put the blood of an animal on their doorposts to identify themselves so that they wouldn’t be judged alongside the Egyptians (Exod. 12:12,13). When destruction came they were
spared. Similarly, here in Jericho, Rahab is told to put a cord in her window so that her family would be protected (18). Think of the significance: a scarlet cord, a reminder to the Israelites of the Passover! It was a wise instruction. The spies want to be true to their word but they realize that war is messy. Things can easily go wrong in the midst of chaos (19,20). What are the things that identify us and our families as those who have received God’s grace and salvation? Rahab fulfilled her part of the bargain (21), and her advice about where to hide and when to return (16) proved correct. Centuries later her faith was honored by the New Testament writers (Heb. 11:31: Jas. 2:25)—she even became part of the lineage of Jesus (Matt. 1:5). She was a good contact for them! As for the spies, they were able to give Joshua the news that he wanted—and needed (24). Unlike most of the spies who brought news back to Moses (Num. 13), they saw an opportunity. What mattered to them was that God had prepared the way—victory was sure (24).
Think of people who have shown faithfulness to you, perhaps at great cost and in difficult circumstances. Why not send them a card today to thank them?
Heavenly Father, I am amazed how You can use ordinary and unlikely people. May the life lessons learned from Rahab become actualized in my life.