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Joshua 2

Joshua 2 has a familiar scene for Joshua, sort of a déjà vu moment.  Remember that he was one of the 12 spies Moses had sent out to check out the Promised Land some 40 years earlier.  He was one of the two who said they should go take it, but of course the other 10 said ‘no’ and it cost them some time in the wilderness.  Now Joshua repeats the spy trick but only sends two to “go, view the land”.  He wants to know if anything has changed since he was there a long time ago.

The spies get in and a prostitute named Rahab takes them in.  If you ever wonder if God can use you – the answer is yes.  He doesn’t just use saints and angels.  He uses sinners like you and me and Rahab.  She answered the door that evening and was asked to “Bring out the men” but says they have left.  Of course the kings men looked for them but Rahab had “brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax”.  They were saved that night by a prostitute.

She cuts a deal with them to save her family from the pending destruction.  If she were to protect them and save their skin, they had to “deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters”.  She wanted to be sure that her family was safe and secure once the siege began.  So they agree to the deal and tell her “if you tell” what has happened, the deal would be off.

The way she saved them was to “let them down by a rope….And she said to them, Go into the hills….hide there three days”.  They did and were safe.  In order to mark her home so the army knew who to let live, she was to “tie this scarlet cord in the window”.  As long as her family stayed in the house with the scarlet cord – they would be safe.  The spies hide out and get back to report their findings.  Actually it was the same words Joshua had said 40 years earlier.  “Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands”.  All systems appear to be go.  The time has come!

Joshua 1

Joshua 1 has a changing of the leader.  Joshua is now in charge.  Moses is dead.  And God gives him the word: “arise, go over this Jordan….into the land that I am giving to them”.  It’s go time.  Well, almost.  At least it is get ready to go time.  God gives Joshua this assurance of what will happen.  “No man shall be able to stand….I will be with you….I will not leave you or forsake you”.  Pretty strong promise from God.  Joshua is going to have the same kind of God coverage that Moses did and that is some pretty strong stuff.

God does have some expectations that He wants Joshua to inform the people about.  Here is the command: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it”.  That is one powerful promise.  God wants us in His Word.  He wants us to meditate on it day and night.  How can we meditate on God’s Word?  We have to have it inside our mind to be able to meditate.  That means we need to hear it, read it, study it and memorize it.  We need God’s Word in our heart.  Once we have it there – we can begin to truly meditate over it day and night.  Meditation is sort of chewing the cud of God’s Word if you will.  It is going over it time and time again to make sure we get the whoe message.

Why does that matter.  God says it this way: “For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”.  Did you read this carefully?  If we meditate on God’s Word – really good things happen.  Why?  Because it will penetrate us and cause us to live God’s way.  If we want to have a real faithful walk as a Christ Follower – we need to know the instruction manual inside and out.  We need to meditate on it day and night.  Then we will live according to it and prosper and have success.  Those are God’s words, not mine.  If we walk with Him, if we live His way careful to do what He tells us – good things happen.  Very good things.  Realy success.  Real prosperity.  Read blessing.

Joshua was to spend three days making sure people knew the plan – to be prepared because “within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession”.  God wanted them prepared with His Word in their hearts.  How did the transition of power go?  The people told Joshua “wherever you send us we will go….Whoever rebels….disobeys your words….shall be put to death”.  I’d say it went pretty smoothly.  Moses prepared the people for transition and Joshua never missed a beat.  He stepped up and stepped in and led.  And now they are ready to take the land!

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