Saturday, July 31, 2021

Joshua 2 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Joshua 2:15

Then, since Rahab’s house was built into the town wall, she let them down by a rope through the window.

God is moving even when we can’t see it or feel it, and even before we acknowledged Him, He acknowledged us! Rahab was a prostitute in a pagan city that was about to fall to the Israelites. The Bible doesn’t say that she had any intimate relationship with God or His people before this, only that they had heard about all the LORD had done, and their hearts melted with fear.

Yet where was she in this story. She was strategically placed by God in a house built into the city wall that would be used to save the Israelite spies' lives. God had a plan and a purpose. God had given her that house far before she had acknowledged Him or decided to follow Him. He had placed her there for such a time as this. To Rahab, it was just a house, but to God, it was a way to win a soul and so much more!

We have to remember that God is moving and strategically placing us in certain places for a reason. Rahab didn’t know hers until that time was upon her, and we may not either! But we, like her, can trust in the LORD and remember that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This isn’t the end of Rahab’s story either; she is in the lineage of King David and of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ!

Matthew 1:5,6- Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz, the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse, the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,

Romans 5:8- But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God bless! I love you all, but His love breathes new life into us! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!


Joshua 2:17-18, 21

Now the men had said to her, "This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house.”…“Agreed," she replied. "Let it be as you say." So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.


It took Rahab only four verses to follow their instructions and tie the cord in the window. It says they left, and she tied the cord in the window, meaning the events happened at about the same time. She knew they were coming back, but she didn’t know when, so she left nothing to chance and immediately followed their command. Can we say the same about how we listen and follow the Lord? The promise of salvation the spies gave her hinges upon that cord being in the window, so she doesn’t delay. Are we as intentional and immediate with the Lord? Or do we think we have time and then, all of a sudden, like a thief in the night, He will appear, and if we’re not ready, we’re not going!


Rahab knew the answer to her problems lay in that cord and what it symbolized, so she did what had to be done! Can we say the same? Are we willing to surrender and seek the Lord with our whole heart and be saved, or are we going to leave it to chance? No one knows if Jesus will come back in their lifetime or not. But one thing is for certain: Whether He comes here or we go there, we will see Him face to face one day! The question isn’t “if” but “when.” So, the question I feel led to ask you this morning is this: the Lord has told you the only way to survive what is coming, but have you tied your cord in your window, or are you waiting for tomorrow when it might be too late?


One last thing: Rahab's faith and obedience saved her family, and yours could too! We never know how our obedience and faith can affect those around us and how the decisions we make today could change where those we love most spend eternity!


1 Thessalonians 5:2 - For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.


Revelation 20:15 - Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!




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