THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS

This program of daily devotions is designed to take you through the Bible in three years. It is our desire to help you gain a better general understanding of God's Word.

Please understand that in a study this brief, we will be concerned with only the major emphases and context of the Scriptures.

Each day a devotion for one or two chapters is posted, beginning with chapter one of Genesis and going through chapter twenty-two of Revelation. You are free to print each page as it appears. If you miss a day, you may contact us and request that devotion. Please send your request, along with $.50 (p&h) for each page to:

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JOSHUA
CHAPTER 2

1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. 2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. 3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. 4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: 5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. 6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. 7 And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate. 8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; 9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: 13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.

Now this chapter contains a beautiful story. It is a story of a sinner saved by grace. Rahab is called a "harlot" - or, in less glorifying terms, a prostitute.
The first question one might have regarding this is, "Why send spies?" Indeed, if Joshua trusted God, why would he send spies? So far, God has only given general directions as to Joshua leading the conquest, and where to begin has ot been given. The most logical place in Joshua's eyes is Jericho, which is a stronghold city only about 7 miles on the other side of Jordan. So Joshua is seeking specific things from God to help him lead.
We should always look and listen for God's specific leadership.
The second question one might have about this story is: "why would the spies go into a harlot's house?" Since the king of Jericho was trying to get any word on strangers because of his fear of Israel, they would have to find a person who would keep their mouth shuth about the business of the spies. And too, being the person she was, Rahab would have a lot of knowledge about what was happening in the city.
The two spies met with mercy through this woman. Judge not men's sins quickly, for some may of destitution be brought to shabby lifestyles. But their heart may be good. Rahab knew of Israel, and she knew their God. She already had committed herself to believing Jehovah (see verses 9-13). One can tell by her conversation that everyone was afraid, but she was seeking mercy.
Rahab had no delusions about who and what she was: she was begging, pleading. Sometimes the nature of men's sinfulness brings them to humility quicker thatn others who live more moral lives. Jesus said, in Matthew 21:31, that sinners and publicans enter heaven quicker than those who bask in their own self-righteousness.
We are ALL sinners and deserve death. It should be our manner to beg and plead with God for MERCY.
It was because of Rahab's FAITH that she was not destroyed with the rest of the city's inhabitants (Hebrews 11:31). Her FAITH was demonstrated by her works of hiding the spies, and begging for mercy (James 2:25).

14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. 15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way. 17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. 18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee. 19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him. 20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear. 21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window. 22 And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not.

The spies obviously believed Rahab's faith and committed to doing as she requested. There were only two conditions to their promise. First, she must not tell anyone why they had come to town (verse 14). Second, she must bind the "scarlet line" to her window and keep all her family there.
I think it is very fitting that we see the END of Rahab's story here because it is such a beautiful story of a sinner saved by grace.
In Joshua 6:25, we find that she and all her house were saved because she was faithful to her promise.
In Ruth 4:20-24 we find that a Hebrew named SALMON had a son named BOAZ who in turn had a son named OBED, who in turn had a son named DAVID. And in Matth 1:5, we find that the wife of this man named SALMON was RAHAB!
Not only did God save this "harlot," but he exalted her. Rahab became the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth the Moabitess. Rahab was the great, great grandmother of king David. And it was through David's genealogy that both Joseph and Mary were born. Joseph and Mary became the earthly parents of our LORD, Jesus Christ!
When God was giving instructions to destroy all the Canaanites, He allowed this "harlot" to be saved and to become involved in the birth of our Saviour. And so will God do for ALL who will truly beg and plead for His mercy.

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

"Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." (Galatians 4:7)

23 So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them: 24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.

GOOD NEWS! Worldly people are WEAK when facing Christians!
God watches over His children and protects them from the ungodliness of men.

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