Joshua 1:6- *“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go
Young Joshua is now the leader of the Children of Israel after Moses.
It is now his responsibility to lead them into the promise land that Moses never was able to do in his day.
God gives Joshua a promise: "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." Then immediately he gives him a command: "Be strong and courageous”.
Three times in His commissioning of Joshua, God repeated him to have courage. Courage is anchored by the word of God. There are three primary relationships in the verse:
Obey the law completely(God’s word) (V7)
Meditate on God’s Word day and night (V8)
Be not afraid (V9)
“Being strong and courageous means trusting in the Lord as the true source of strength.”
Joshua didn’t have all the answers for the challenges before him. Like Joshua, we all face situations in life. We may feel so alone and even depressed. We can't feel God's presence.
May be our spouses, friends, and parents don't really understand what we are going through.
BUT GOD DOES AND HE CARES.
"The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." …….. Yes, that's right …
God is with us, leading us, guiding us, loving us, providing for us -- all with His unlimited resources.
What do we need?
Do we need strength, peace, love, joy, or hope?
He has it all.
……. We need faith,
We need to speak God's Word in confidence.
……………. that we’ve got God with us wherever we go we can face any situation.
When we take a glimpse into the life of Rahab in this passage, many aspects of faith and risk taking can be learnt. And these include several stages as well:
1. Realization who the God of Israel is-
Real, powerful, capable of doing wondrous things, Israel's foundation rock.
2. Change of heart-
For Rahab to keep the spies hidden must've obviously been due to some internal changes. Perhaps she din't want to live the life she was living in Jericho, and so, saw her path to change by acknowledging the presence of God.
3. Risks undertaken-
I don't mean to justify Rahab lying to the authorities, because a lie is definetely a lie, there is no black or white lie. But the fact that, her action could have potentially been discovered as treason, and she may have had to suffer severe consequences. Also, if she hadn't done this, she, along with her family, would have been destroyed in the battle.
She and her family were spared, and second chance in life was granted to them.
Her actions gave her an opportunity to lead a new, pure life.
She is one of the 4 women who's name is mentioned in the genealogies of Christ, she is one of the great great great grandmothers of King David, being a foreigner.
▪When we realise that there needs to be some changes in our lives, we need to 1st acknowledge who God is- Holy, Pure, Just, Almighty, Filled with Mercy and Compassion.
▪When you know that it is the right thing to do, we are expected to take some hard decisions in life.
▪But no matter how hard it is, God does give us this unimaginable and surreal strength to do so!!.
▪And irony abounds, God gives numerous second chances to His people, who are willing to stand for Him.
Joshua 2:9 ....( Rahab) said to them I know that the lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because you
Joshua sent two spies to scout the strengths and vulnerabilities of Jericho. Rahab, a pagan, a canaanite and a prostitute admitted to the Israelite spies that they were all afraid as the Lord has given the Israelites the land, a terror of the Israelites has fallen on them and Canaanites faint because of the Israelites and their God.
Rahab has shown a remarkable awareness of Israel history and she recognised the great power of their God.she knew that the lord had dried the Red sea for Israel.and He had helped them to destroy the 2 kings of Amorites.she said that there is no courage in any man in Canaan to fight the Israelites.
Rahab pleaded with the spies to spare her family and her life when they attack the city.Although people of Canaan incurred God's judgement, Rahab faith saved her and her family
Rahab only heard of the wonders of God had wrought, spoke with faith than the elders of Israel who were eyewitnesses of wonders of God but perished because of their unbelief of God's promise,
* Blessed are those that have not seen and yet have believed, so too has Rahab did, O Woman of great faith
God Commands Joshua to Conquer Canaan
⏳ After the death of the LORD's servant Moses, the LORD spoke to Moses' helper, Joshua son of Nun. *My servant Moses is dead. Get ready now, you and all the people of Israel, and cross the Jordan River into the land that I am giving them.
Joshua, no one will be able to defeat you as long as you live. Be determined and confident
Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
⏳ Rahab Hides the Spies
⚖ We have all lost our courage because of you. The LORD your God is God in heaven above and here on earth. Now swear by him that you will treat my family as kindly as I have treated you, and give me some sign that I can trust you.
The men said to her, May God take our lives if we don't do as we say! If you do not tell anyone what we have been doing, we promise you that when the LORD gives us this land, we will treat you well.
Memorial Stones Are Set Up
⏳ *There Joshua set up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan. And he said to the people of Israel, In the future, when your children ask you what these stones mean,
Tell them that the LORD your God dried up the water of the Jordan for you until you had crossed, just as he dried up the Red Sea for us.
Because of this everyone on earth will know how great the LORD's power is, and you will honor the LORD your God forever.*
The Fall of Jericho
⏳ The LORD said to Joshua, *I am putting into your hands Jericho, with its king and all its brave soldiers. You and your soldiers are to march around the city once a day for six days. Seven priests, each carrying a trumpet, are to go in front of the Covenant Box. On the seventh day you and your soldiers are to march around the city seven times while the priests blow the trumpets. Then they are to sound one long note. As soon as you hear it, all the people are to give a loud shout, and the city walls will collapse.
The seventh time around, when the priests were about to sound the trumpets, Joshua ordered the people to shout, and he said, *The LORD has given you the city!
⚖The city and everything in it must be totally destroyed as an offering to the LORD. Only the prostitute Rahab and her household will be spared, because she hid our spies.
So the priests blew the trumpets. As soon as the people heard it, they gave a loud shout, and the walls collapsed. Then all the army went straight up the hill into the city and captured it.
At this time Joshua issued a solemn warning: *Anyone who tries to rebuild the city of Jericho will be under the LORD's curse. Whoever lays the foundation will lose his oldest son; Whoever builds the gates will lose his youngest.*
So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread through the whole country.
" *All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
How Conquer the obstacles like Jericho?
Chapters 5&6 People of the Israel were filled with great excitement and motivation of having miraculously crossed the Jordan on dry ground, but it was the time to attack their enemy.
The imposing walls were the secret of Jericho defense. Their enormous height and width made these walls insurmountable with plentiful supplies of food and water in the City. Israel military leaders was undoubtedly aware of the great difficulties to conquer Jericho.
At this point as a commander what were the choices before Joshua? This God fearing officer was a man of prayer, but he also had to be a man of action as a commander. what sensible solution was there to offer? The situation was critical. Joshua never experienced such situation. He did not know how to proceed, with a great Enigma Joshua went near to Jericho to see the walls.
To resolve his confusion, commander of The Lord appeared to him with holding a sword in his hand. And this commander strengthened Joshua by delivering a message from the God that he came there to support and lead in the war. what a wonderful experience Joshua had!
✝The battle was completely under the control of the Lord and which was headed by his mighty Angel. Fall of the Jericho walls was one of the miraculous and interesting event in the old testament. Israelites possessed Jericho neither by their wisdom nor by strength, but they conquered it by their faith.
A study of ceramic remnants, royal scarabs, carbon-14 dating, seismic activity in the region and even some ruins of tumbled walls produced what is being called impressive evidence that the fortified city Jericho was destroyed in the Late Bronze Age, about 1400 B.C.
Theme of this incident illustrates how to lead a victorious life by conquering obstacles like Jericho walls. Every believer faces darkness, opposition and obstacles. But the promises of our Lord helps us to overcome and defeat strongholds in our life.