Text: Joshua 2:1, 9, 12
“Before Moses died, he told Joshua his protégé in Deuteronomy 31:7 “…Be strong and courageous! You will lead the Israelites into the land the Lord swore to give their ancestors.”
Then in Joshua 1:2, God said to Joshua “Moses my servant is dead; therefore the time has come for you to lead my people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.”
In other words, Moses may be dead but my promise is very much alive; it is therefore time to experience the manifestation!
The Lord promised Joshua that He would help the Israelites conquer the nations that dwelt in the land, one of which was Jericho; before undertaking the task, Joshua sent out two spies to carry out a feasibility study of the city.
Please note that this was a wise and prudent step to take; in Luke 14:28-31, our Lord Jesus Christ emphasised the importance of counting the cost before embarking on any significant assignment.
When the scouts arrived at the city, Joshua 2:1 tells us that the men“…Came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night.”
Amazingly, the men found favour at the most unusual place. Joshua 2:2-6
Although Rahab’s lifestyle was deplorable, when she heard the reports of what the Lord had done for the Jews in the past, aggressive faith was ignited within her heart (V9-11)
She knew that the Lord had given the city over to Abraham’s descendants and it was only a matter of time before they conquered Jericho; consequently this woman said to the spies “…Swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters and all their families.” (V12-13)
By virtue of her kindness and aggressive faith, the men agreed to her terms on one condition “…leave the scarlet rope hanging from the window through which you let us down…” (V18-19)
The scarlet rope symbolises the blood of Jesus which is the only means of salvation for whosoever believes.
Pastor G Ferguson.