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chapter summaryChapter 2 of Joshua takes a turn as Joshua prepares for the invasion of the promised land.

  1. Big ideas
    1. This was a covert action. The men that Joshua sent into the land were spies—there’s no sugar coating that. These men had a singular purpose: find out what’s going on in the land, where their weaknesses were, how can they best be conquered? That was their mission. Surely they would have been killed if they had been caught.
    2. Even among the “heathens” of Canaan, there were some who feared God and had a reverence for Him. One such was Rahab, a prostitute.
    3. God will use whatever means He needs to in order to accomplish his goals—whether it is using Pharaoh, or now Rahab, God’s sovereignty will not be thwarted.
  2. Best Verses
    1. Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.”
    2. But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.
    3. 8 Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof 9 and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 11 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. 12 Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father ‘s house, and give me a sure sign 13 that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.
  3. Bottom–line application
    1. God’s sovereignty will not be thwarted.
    2. Even among the “Gentiles” there are those who fear God and may just be in need of someone to show them how to be saved.
  4. Verses to memorize
    1. 14 And the men said to her, “Our life for yours even to death! If you do not tell this business of ours, then when the Lord gives us the land we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.”
  5. Things that don’t make sense
    1. Why use a prostitute? Surely there was someone more “upright” in Jericho that could have helped the spies.
  6. Comments, commentary…
    1. Think of it—God used a prostitute to further His purposes, to help with His agenda. Obviously, He did not need Rahab. God could have protected the men no matter what, if that was His plan. But, he chose to use a prostitute. Fast forward to the Gospels, particularly Matthew. In Matthew 1:5, we read, “…and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king…”
    2. Now, think of this—even though the Scribes & Pharisees did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, they did know the lineage of King David. They knew that lineage contained a prostitute and a Gentile to boot. How did they reconcile that with their “holier than thou” attitudes?

 

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